Stan Collymore names his Aston Villa man of the match v Manchester City

Aston Villa secured a 0-0 draw with Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

Villa managed to pick up a point against league leaders Manchester City in Remi Garde’s first game in charge, and Stan Collymore told talkSPORT which player was his man of the match at the end of the 90 minutes.

Collymore said: “I thought, defensively, they looked very good. Alan Hutton was my man of the match; I thought he was superb.”

Hutton played the full 90 minutes at right-back for Remi Garde’s men, putting in a much more solid performance than has been seen from the Scot in recent months.

The full-back did not attack as much as he did under Tim Sherwood, but he offered a solid defensive presence, and was statistically one of Villa’s best players.

He completed one tackle, five interceptions, two clearances and made one block, and was rarely wasteful in possession after winning the ball back.

On top of that, Hutton and his defensive teammates managed to keep a clean sheet against one of the best attacks in the Premier League.

Collymore has praised the defensive unit of Villa, and they looked far more solid under Garde than they ever did under Sherwood - even if they did ride their luck on occasion.

Hutton was the standout player in Collymore’s opinion, and if he can put in more consistent appearances at this level, Villa’s chances of staying in the top flight will improve drastically.

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