Unai Emery on why Aston Villa lost to Manchester United

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Emery’s Aston Villa were knocked out by Ten Hag’s Manchester United on Thursday from the Carabao Cup. Manchester United defeated Villa after an impressive performance in the second half of the game. Unai Emery says that they were not able to match the Manchester United pace in those 15 minutes of the second half which changed the game. United came from being behind, scoring twice as Villa. Martial and Rashford canceling out the Villa goals before Bruno Fernandes and McTominay sealed the deal with two goals.

Emery explains the reason Aston Villa lost to Manchester United

It was an impressive win for Eric Ten Hag’s side who came back from being two goals down. This was a proper response by the Reds after their loss at Villa Park last weekend. Unai explained the reason for their loss,

“I am happy with our performance for 75 minutes; we competed very well, and in the first half we were defensively strong,”

He told Sky Sports. He went on:

“We need to be calmer with the ball, take more possession, and break the press. We were in a good moment for the second half. We had more options in attack and scored twice, but when they scored quickly, we needed to close the spaces between our lines and not open the match.

“They had 15 minutes at the end better than us. We have to achieve in our mind the good moment we did tonight and only the end minutes our mentality was a bit going down. Our challenge is to be consistent.”

Villa fans will be disappointed after the loss as it looked like they could have won the game. With a 4-2 defeat to Manchester United, Aston Villa was knocked out of the Carabao Cup.

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