Manchester United were beaten 3-1 by Aston Villa in Unai Emery’s first game back in the Premier League.
Two goals by the home side inside the first 15 minutes humbled the Red Devils.
Luke Shaw’s shot just before half-time helped United half the deficit, thanks to a huge deflection from Jacob Ramsey.
When the second half started, Ramsey scored to extend Villa’s lead, leaving United with an immense task on their hands that eventually proved too much for them.
After the game, Shaw didn’t hold back from criticising his side’s performance.
He said to BBC (via Manchester Evening News), “We lost the game in the first 20 minutes of each half – we knew they were going to come out, new manager and the crowd would be behind them.
“In games like this, if you start slowly then we will lose the game. We weren’t good enough.
“We always going to believe we can win the game, even at 2-0 down. We spoke about starting well in the second half but conceded again, then it’s a mountain to climb and the game is done.
“We started sloppy – gave the ball away too easily. That is not good enough. We suffered today – we did not deserve to win.”
United were desperately poor
This is an honest review from the left-back. United lacked the intensity, cohesion and creativity with which they have been playing recently.
After a humiliating 6-3 defeat to Manchester City, United went unbeaten for nine games. However, their run came to a disappointing end last night.
With this beating, United have let go of a golden opportunity to match Tottenham Hotspur’s points tally who hold the fourth spot in the League table.
The Red Devils are scheduled to face Aston Villa again, but this time in the Carabao Cup in midweek.
Ten Hag has a big job to pick his players up after this poor performance.
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