Aston Villa's new boys need time to gel, stresses Scott Sinclair

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Tim Sherwood's side suffered a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United in their first home game of the season.

Aston Villa winger Scott Sinclair believes his side were unfortunate to taking nothing from Friday night’s home opener against Manchester United and insists that it is only a matter of time before their revamped squad shows its full potential.

Sinclair, 26, was speaking to AVTV after seeing Adnan Januzaj’s deflected 29th-minute strike condemn Villa to a 1-0 defeat in front of a sell-out crowd, as Tim Sherwood’s men struggled to gel in the attacking third of the pitch.

The claret and blues are now without a win against United at Villa Park since 1995 but, with Micah Richards, Idrissa Gueye, Jordan Amavi, Jordan Ayew, Jordan Veretout and substitute Rudy Gestede all making their home debuts, their teammate still took plenty of positives from the match.

Stressing the importance of patience at this stage of the season, Sinclair said: “I think certain times in the game we kept the ball well and created a little bit going forward but there were other times when he had our backs against the wall and had to defend.

“At half-time, the manager told us his views and points and I think we restarted a bit fresher. We had the crowd behind us and it’s just a shame we weren’t able to get the result we should have.

“If you look at the game, the goal was there only clear-cut chance,” he continued. “But that’s football. If you concede, it’s always hard to get back into the game.

“We’ve got players coming in and they’ll take time to gel but, as games go on, I’m sure we’ll get better.”

Villa’s home opener also saw their latest signing, Adama Traore, paraded in front of the claret and blue faithful ahead of kick-off after completing a £7 million switch from Barcelona.

The club’s 10th summer addition, the teenage winger arrives in the Midlands having established himself as one of the Catalan giants’ most exciting prospects in recent seasons and Sinclair is excited to see what he can bring to the squad.

“That’s another good addition,” he added. “Like I said before, the manager has brought these players in and now we’re hoping they can gel quickly.

“Once he comes in, we’ll get to know how he plays and I’m sure he'll show his qualities.”

The 19-year-old is likely to add competition for  the likes of Sinclair on the flanks, with his debut potentially coming next Saturday when Sherwood’s side travel to Crystal Palace.

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