Aston Villa's Jordan Veretout was exceptional against Manchester City

The Aston Villa summer signing showed just how good he is against Manchester City this weekend.

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde had an immediate impact after arriving at the club as he inspired his new side to an impressive 0-0 draw against Manchester City on Sunday.

The Villans had just four points from a possible 33 going into the match and found themselves bottom of the league as a result, but form often goes out of the window when a new boss arrives and such was the case this weekend.

Villa’s players were brilliant against City and fully deserved their point despite failing to have a shot on target in the entire match.

City unsurprisingly had 59 per cent possession but the Blues failed to create much, only troubling Brad Guzan in the Villa goal on three occasions as the hosts’ back-line excelled.

  Passing AccuracyTouchesDispossessedBall RecoveriesKey PassesAerials WonDuels WonTackle AccuracyMins Played
Jordan Veretout 83% 74 0 3 1 1 3 100% 90

But the midfield also deserved plenty of credit with summer signing Jordan Veretout looking particularly good.

The Frenchman has not had the best of starts to life in England as he took time to acclimatise, but if this is how he is going to play under Garde then Villa fans are in for a treat.

Veretout had a passing accuracy of 83 per cent and he won 100 per cent of his attempted tackles. The 22-year-old also won three duels, three ball recoveries and was not dispossessed all afternoon.

That is the kind of composure Villa need as they bid to climb out of the bottom three and ultimately further up the table, so this weekend could well have been the turning point.

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