Villa played out a 1-1 draw with City away from home at the Ashton Gate Stadium in the Championship.
After a goalless first half, Jamie Paterson put the home side in the lead on the hour mark when he found the net from close range.
Josh Onomah, who joined Villa on a season-long loan deal from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window, restored parity for Steve Bruce’s side just four minutes later.
Villa chairman Xia has taken to Twitter to give his reaction to the team’s failure to win against City.
Felt soured last season Bristol away game. Much better today though we'd even betterer. Sept. Will be crucial for us. #UTV— Dr. Tony Xia (@Dr_TonyXia) August 25, 2017
Over the course of the 90 minutes at the Ashton Gate Stadium on Friday evening, hosts City had 51% of the possession, took 12 shots of which five were on target, and earned eight corners, according to BBC Sport.
Visitors Villa had 49% of the possession, took 12 shots of which four were on target, and earned one corner, according to BBC Sport.