Manchester United are through to the next round of the FA Cup but they were fortunate to advance past Aston Villa.
The only goal of the game came in the seventh minute as Scott McTominay nodded in Fred’s wonderful cross but that was the only moment of real quality from United.
Instead, Ralf Rangnick watched on as his side surrendered control to Villa, who were the better side for most of the match.
The visitors hit the crossbar, saw two goals ruled out and forced David de Gea into a series of fines saves yet United managed to hold on for the win.
Villa may well take confidence from the performance, however, ahead of the two teams meeting again on Saturday in the league.
United have advanced to face Middlesbrough as they look to win the FA Cup for the first time since 2016.
Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Phil Jones all missed the match with minor muscle problems.
Marcus Rashford is on a difficult run for Manchester United.
Amongst his tricky spells with the club, this current patch has to be the worst of the lot.
And Chris Sutton believes it’s up to Rangnick to fix it, he told the Daily Mail:
Manchester United handing the keys to Paul Pogba could provide the catalyst for a top-four finish this season.
That’s the verdict from pundit Chris Kamara, who has identified the World Cup winner and Bruno Fernandes as the potential driving force as Ralf Rangnick aims to secure Champions League qualification for next term.
With their Premier League title hopes left in tatters before the November international break, winning silverware is still a possibility in the FA Cup – after last night’s win over Aston Villa – and the marquee European competition.
Aston Villa have confirmed the signing of Philippe Coutinho on loan.
He signs ahead of Saturday’s clash.
Watford and Newcastle reportedly were keen on signing Axel Tuanzebe prior to his loan move to Napoli, according to The Athletic.
His second stint at Villa Park was cut short as Manchester United looked to secure the England U21 international.
He made the move to Serie A on Saturday before making his debut on Sunday.
Manchester United are reportedly looking to discuss a new long-term contract with Marcus Rashford.
The 24-year-old has 18 months left on his current £200,000-a-week but has struggled to hit the heights this season.
His form has led to time away from the squad but the Daily Mail report that the Reds prepare to open talks over a new contract.
The report goes on to say the next permanent could be the deciding factor with the feeling being Rashford would benefit from a manager like Mauricio Pochettino as Ralf Rangnick looks set to step down at the end of his term.
Jesse Lingard has been approached by Tottenham Hotspur over a potential move in the summer.
Antonio Conte’s side are looking to bring the 29-year-old to north London in the summer when his contract at Manchester United, as reported by Football.London.
Lingard came on as a substitute in a rare appearance under interim manager Ralf Rangnick as they booked a FA Cup fourth-round tie with Middlesbrough after seeing off Aston Villa.
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher has explained why Danny Ings’ equaliser against Manchester United was chalked off during the Reds’ FA Cup win on Monday night.
Scott McTominay ‘s goal secured a 1-0 win at Old Trafford but it could have been different had the former Southampton striker’s goal in the second half stood.
John McGinn swung a teasing free-kick towards the back post, and Ezri Konsa headed it across goal before the 29-year-old bundled the ball home.
Their celebrations were cut short, though, as VAR official Darren England instructed match referee Michael Oliver to go over to the monitor and, after over three minutes of deliberating, he ruled out the goal.
Ralf Rangnick was without Cristiano Ronaldo, Phil Jones and Jadon Sancho for yesterday’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa.
The two clubs go head-to-head in the league on Saturday.
Victor Lindelof returned to action last night but Harry Maguire missed out.
Rangnick said via ManUtd.com:
If anyone thought that Manchester United making the decision to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would make all of their problems disappear, they were very much mistaken.
Despite an improvement in results since the Norwegian drove away from Carrington for the final time on November 21, United’s performances have continued to be both difficult and frustrating to watch, with Monday night’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup third-round another example of just how much United have regressed in recent years.
Although Scott McTominay’s header inside the opening ten minutes was enough to see off Steven Gerrard’s spirited Villa side, United, not for the first time under interim manager Ralf Rangnick, lacked the heart, courage and attitude that should come automatically to any United player when gracing the hallowed Old Trafford turf.
In his first week as Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick stated his intentions to turn the side into a team of “pressing monsters”, but six weeks on it seems those plans are on the backburner.
Rangnick has taken the pragmatic view that results are more important at the moment and this was a much more passive performance than those United tried to produce back in December.
It was a shift from the formation Rangnick had started games with so far and when Villa had the ball at the back there was little attempt to put pressure on them.
Bruno Fernandes joined Edinson Cavani as a front two but they tended to hold their positions rather than close down Villa’s central defenders. On the one occasion United did press effectively and force Villa back to Emiliano Martinez, the visitors managed to play around the front four and then found 40 yards of space to run into. It was a chaotic and unstructured press.
Newcastle United are interested in signing former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini from Chinese side Shandong Taishan, according to reports in Belgium.
Newcastle are keen to splash the cash in this month’s January transfer window and manager Eddie Howe wants to beef up his midfield options.
Fellaini, who is under contract at Shandong Taishan until the summer of 2025, left Old Trafford in 2019.
Henderson was told by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the summer he had been pencilled in to start the campaign as United’s number one but he contracted Covid-19 in his first week back in pre-season and was laid low for a month. The illness has effectively written off six months of Henderson’s career as, by the time he had recovered, the summer transfer window had closed.
David de Gea has regained form this season that has limited Henderson to just two starts. His absence for the FA Cup tie against Aston Villa is understood to have been related to his future as Henderson is so insistent on getting a loan move to guarantee him regular playing time.
As Donny van de Beek ran the touchline during Manchester United’s 1-0 FA Cup win over Aston Villa on Monday evening, the Dutchman, not for the first time, was greeted by a chorus of cheers.
As United’s supporters did during the Manchester derby defeat to City back in November, they applauded Van de Beek and cheered as he went through his warm-up preparations, in anticipation of being thrown into the battle by Ralf Rangnick.
Again, just as we saw against City, it was a clear indication of just how keen United’s match-goers are to see him earn a run in the team and prove his worth, opposed to being presented with opportunities in dribs and drabs, just as he has done throughout his Old Trafford career so far.
Considering the visit of Villa was always likely to see Rangnick ring the changes, it was anticipated that Van de Beek would bag just his second start since the German took charge. He had no such luck.
Tottenham have made contact with Jesse Lingard and his representatives over a potential move – according to reports.
Out of contract at Old Trafford this summer, the United forward has only been handed 87 minutes in the Premier League this season and speculation over his future continues to mount.
Lingard scored nine goals and provided five assists in 16 games on loan for West Ham last campaign.
According to our sister publication football-london, Tottenham have ‘sounded out’ Lingard as a potential January signing and have made initial contact in that respect.
Lingard is, meanwhile, free to speak with clubs from abroad over a pre-contract agreement.
Marcus Rashford cut a frustrated figure during the FA Cup victory over Aston Villa.
But what does former United assistant manager Steve McClaren think is the solution?
You can read more from McClaren on the MEN website soon.
Rio Ferdinand has told current United players to embrace working alongside Cristiano Ronaldo.
Missing for the FA Cup victory over Aston Villa last night, five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo has scored 14 goals from 21 appearances since completing a sensational return move to Old Trafford – during the summer window – after 12 years at Real Madrid and Juventus.
His second coming has coincided with a testing season for the Premier League giants.
Amid suggestions that several first-teamers are ‘unhappy’, Ronaldo has been identified as one potential problem within the dressing room due to his status and high demands.
Erling Haaland is set to make a final decision on his next club sooner rather than later – according to reports.
Speculation over the Borussia Dortmund goal machine has gathered pace this season as his €64million release clause with the Bundesliga side prepares to activate.
Haaland, 21, has netted 76 goals in as many games during his time in Germany.
Dortmund won a race for his signature that also involved United in January 2020 and elite clubs from across Europe are gearing up for an almighty scramble.
According to AS, the Norway striker will sit down with Mino Raiola early next month to discuss a ‘final solution’.
Ralf Rangnick admits he does not know why Marcus Rashford’s form has plummeted for United.
Rashford struggled, yet again, during United’s 1-0 FA Cup third round win against Aston Villa and he was sarcastically cheered off by some supporters when substituted in the second-half. Some fans countered those calls by serenading Rashford.
The 24-year-old has only scored three times this season since returning from shoulder surgery in October, with his last strike coming on October 30. Rashford only managed ten club goals in 2021.
Rangnick dropped Rashford for the victory over Burnley and defeat to Wolves last week, but the England forward returned to the team against Villa with Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo out injured.
Ralf Rangnick has confirmed that Manchester United have rejected Dean Henderson’s request to leave the club this month.
Henderson, 24, has only started twice this season and is frustrated by the lack of playing time after he was promised the starting role at the beginning of the season.
The Manchester Evening News revealed last month that Henderson met with Rangnick to express his desire for a loan move this month but Rangnick was unwilling to let the England international go.
Glen Johnson believes the recent struggles of Donny van de Beek could put Declan Rice off a move this summer.
Ralf Rangnick praised Manchester United for the aggression they showed to beat Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Monday night, but revealed his frustration at their tame pressing game.
Ralf Rangnick says he does not know why Marcus Rashford’s form has plummeted for Manchester United.
That banner that says ‘standards’ and bears the faces of Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona and Roy Keane was unfurled again by the Stretford Enders. It was accompanied by more anti-Glazer chanting.
Most United players missed the memo. On a night a homegrown player was heckled, United ended it still in the FA Cup, albeit through Aston Villa’s feckless finishing, David de Gea’s alertness and the forensic Video Assistant Referee.
Those United supporters in the south-west corner evidently felt the message had not got through during the win over Arsenal last month when Cristiano Ronaldo raised the standards. Ronaldo was absent with a muscular problem against Villa and will not be fretting over his starting role.
De Gea was one of a handful of teammates who met the standards. Raphael Varane was classy next to his third central defensive partner in two weeks and Scott McTominay was an obvious, if dubious, choice for man of the match. The returning Fred was selflessly efficient.