Manchester United vs Aston Villa LIVE: FA Cup third round updates

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Manchester United and Aston Villa go head-to-head on Monday night in the FA Cup, with a place in the fourth round up for grabs and a meeting at home to Middlesbrough. This is the last of the third-round fixtures to be played as there are no replays in the competition this year, with the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Man City and West Ham having already secured their spot with weekend wins.

Ralf Rangnick has been vocal about his intentions to play a senior team in the fixture and try to go the distance, as United look to add some long-overdue silverware to the cabinet. “I’ve always been a big fan, supporter and admirer of the FA Cup,” the United boss said. “I remember back in 1980 or 1981 when I spent my year abroad in Brighton I watched the FA Cup final at Wembley. I’ve always been a big admirer of the atmosphere, that was obviously the old Wembley stadium. For me it’s a very important competition. We will definitely try to play with our best possible team in that game and a strong team.”

Villa currently sit six places and nine points below United in the Premier League table, but beat United at Old Trafford by a goal to nil back in September. Follow all the team news and action below as Man United host Aston Villa:

Man United vs Aston Villa

No replay; winner on the night to face Middlesbrough at home in fourth roundMan United XI: De Gea, Dalot, Lindelof, Varane, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford, CavaniAston Villa XI: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, J Ramsey, Buendia, Ings, Watkins7’ – Unmarked McTominay heads in early opener for United52’ – Ings nets from close range but goal ruled out for foul in build-up59’ – Watkins also sees strike ruled out after offside flag against IngsShow latest update


Man Utd 1 – 0 Aston Villa

81 mins: Steven Gerrard goes to the bench for Aston Villa’s first change. Anwar El Ghazi comes on to replace Emiliano Buendia.

Rashford gives the ball away but Greenwood manages to recover it and urge United forward. Fred gives it to Fernandes who carries the ball down the right side. He switches the play back over to the Brazilian who’s made a run into space on the left. Fred comes up against Ramsey and wins a corner.

Michael Jones10 January 2022 21:36


Man Utd 1 – 0 Aston Villa

78 mins: With Cavani’s substitution Fernandes is the furthest player forward for Man Utd. McGinn flicks a cross into the penalty area but Varane heads it clear easily enough. He tries to knock the ball up to Fernandes but Mings is on to it quickly and keeps up the pressure from Aston Villa.

Michael Jones10 January 2022 21:33


Man Utd 1 – 0 Aston Villa

75 mins: Chance! Huge chance for Man Utd to close out this game as Greenwood is played in behind Targett with a simple ball over the top. He carries the ball into the box and rolls it onto his left foot before sending a shot at goal. Martinez dives to his right and keeps it out but he fumbles the ball. Luckily for him Rashford has stopped his own run and can’t get to the ball before the Villa goalkeeper gets it back under control.

Michael Jones10 January 2022 21:30


Man Utd 1 – 0 Aston Villa

73 mins: Edinson Cavani is taken off by Ralf Rangnick and gets replaced with Donny van de Beek who receives a loud round of applause from the delighted Manchester United fans.

Michael Jones10 January 2022 21:28


Man Utd 1 – 0 Aston Villa

71 mins: There’s going to be a sending off soon. Dalot slides in behind on Targett. He wins the ball but cleans out the man in the process and gets booked too. United have picked up three yellows in the space of a few minutes and it could have been more.

Ollie Watkins gets on the end of an attempted clearance and curls a left-footed shot back at goal. It hits it well and causes De Gea to scramble across to get it out. He doesn’t get there in time but luckily for United the effort goes wide.

Michael Jones10 January 2022 21:26


Man Utd 1 – 0 Aston Villa

68 mins: The second half has been all Aston Villa. They firmly believe that they can get back into this game. The work the ball up the pitch and Ramsey darts inside from the left. He nutmegs Shaw but gets checked by the left-back and wins a free kick in a good area. Shaw is the latest Man Utd player to see a yellow card.

Michael Jones10 January 2022 21:23


Man Utd 1 – 0 Aston Villa

65 min: Yellow card for Fred! Things have been heating up in the middle of the pitch with tackles flying in left and right. The referee has been letting a few fouls go but Fred leaves a leg out for Douglas Luiz to trip over and is shown a card.

Rashford then goes sliding into a tackle on McGinn with his studs a litte high. He just gets to the ball and pokes it out for a throw in which stops him from joining Fred in the book.

Michael Jones10 January 2022 21:21


Man Utd 1 – 0 Aston Villa

62 mins: Cash sends a throw in over the head of Varane who misjudges the flight of the ball and allows Ings to get in behind him. He tries to get back in position as Ings feeds a square pass into the area but luckily for the centre-back Lindelof is covering and clears the danger.

Michael Jones10 January 2022 21:19


Man Utd 1 – 0 Aston Villa

59 mins: That’s not going to improve the mood! Villa have another goal disallowed. Some lovely passing in the middle of the pitch sees Buendia slip the ball through the Man Utd defence and play Ings in behind. He takes the ball into the box and flicks it over De Gea. Lindelof attempts to get back to clear the danger but misses the ball and Watkins arrives over his shoulder to tap it into the open net.

The celebrations have barely begun though before they’re cut short as the offside flag goes up against Danny Ings. At least this decision is a fairly obvious one.

Michael Jones10 January 2022 21:16


Man Utd 1 – 0 Aston Villa

56 mins: Manchester United have got very lucky there. The foul on Cavani was minimal in my opinion and probably wouldn’t have affected the goal in any case. The officials thought differently and Aston Villa find themselves behind again.

John McGinn throws himself into a heavy tackle and gives away a free kick. There’s a great deal of frustration on the faces of the Villa players now.

Michael Jones10 January 2022 21:13


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