Manchester United came from a goal down to take the lead against Aston Villa before being pegged back in a 2-2 draw at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side went a goal down through a phenomenal curling effort from the impressive Jack Grealish, which gave David de Gea no chance.

The Red Devils restored parity after Marcus Rashford met a wicked Andreas Pereira cross, his header came back off the post and went into the back of the net off former Red Tom Heaton.

Victor Lindelof scored his first goal of the season to make it 2-1, but United couldn’t hold onto their lead as Tryone Mings lashed home an equaliser.

Here are the players who had a poor afternoon for the hosts…

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Aaron Wan-Bissaka

United’s right-back looked very timid in possession and gave the ball away far too many times.

The right hand side of our defence can look vulnerable at times and Wan-Bissaka doesn’t look comfortable next to Lindelöf, maybe the former Crystal Palace man would feel better protected alongside Axel Tuanzebe.

He was up against the red hot Grealish who drifted inside off the left-wing and at times Wan-Bisska didn’t know whether to get tight to Villain’s captain or back off.

There is still significant improvement needed in the attacking Wan Bissaka offers and his end product. He did sting the palms of Heaton in the second-half with a rasping drive, but he needs to do more.

Whenever he gets to the by-line his crosses and cutbacks often either end up in the keepers hands or easily cleared.

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Brandon Williams

There is no denying the attacking threat Williams offers, but there is a lot of work needed regarding his ability to defend.

The opening goal of the game came after Williams rashly dived in on Anwar El Ghazi, the Villa winger skipped past him and had acres of space to run into and his cross found its way to Grealish who produced the stand out moment of quality in the match.

Fans love Williams’ aggressive and no-nonsense approach, but he does need to calm down and learn how to stand up and jockey instead of recklessly committing.


He was booked in the second half after tugging back Trezeguet who had got away from him, United’s academy youngster will only learn, but he has shown signs of naivety.

After Lindelöf gave United the lead, Williams was caught ball watching and wasn’t up with United’s defensive line, he was punished as Tryone Mings ghosted into the box to equalise for Villa.

Williams was replaced by Luke Shaw in the closing stages, but Solskjaer has to persevere with Williams because he has earnt the right to be in command of the left-back spot through a number of impressive performances.

The Norwegian needs to get the 19-year-old on the training pitch and working on his defensive discipline.

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Andreas Pereira

Solskjaer decided to give Pereira and Fred another chance after their ineffective display against Sheffield United last weekend.

It was clear that Pereira wanted to stamp his physical authority on Grealish at the earliest opportunity, United’s number 15 fouled Villa’s number 10 three times in the opening 6 minutes.

He may not be a defender Pereira, but he shouldn’t have allowed Grealish to come inside on his right foot with such ease for the opening goal.

Pereira may have delivered a wicked cross in the build up to United’s equaliser, but it was another sloppy performance in possession.

He takes too many touches on the ball and gets caught on it in crucial areas, he needs to shift it quicker.

United need Scott McTominay to be fit against Mourinho’s Tottenham otherwise we could be given the run around in the midfield department.

Pereira cannot be trusted in centre-midfield, he lacks the defensive awareness and ability to move the ball accurately and menacingly, it is time for Solskjaer to give James Garner and Dylan Levitt a chance ahead of the Brazilian.

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