By Sam Stone

30th Apr, 2023 | 3:55pm

Aston Villa player ratings v Manchester United: Jacob Ramsey poor, Tyrone Mings shines

Aston Villa suffered their first defeat since February as a Bruno Fernandes strike saw Manchester United seal a 1-0 win on Sunday afternoon.

It was a battling display from Unai Emery’s side at Old Trafford, but a fairly blunt attacking performance saw Erik ten Hag’s men tighten their grip on a Champions League spot.

The loss leave Villa in sixth position although Liverpool could leapfrog them with a win over Tottenham. Here Villa News rates the players out of ten for their performances at Old Trafford.

Emi Martinez6

A decent performance from Martinez, however, he could have potentially done better with United’s opening goal. It was a fairly tame shot from Marcus Rashford and he palmed it straight into Fernandes’ path. Three saves during the first half kept the scoreline level, however, he will be disappointed with his distribution, with only 38 per cent of his long passes reaching their desired destination (Stats from Fotmob).

Ashley Young4

Tricky afternoon for Young who struggled up against Rashford. He committed one foul and was dribbled past once in the first half. Furthermore, he failed to complete a successful tackle (0/2). Young also only won 43 per cent of his ground duels.

Ezri Konsa – 5

Was caught out a couple of times in behind, with Villa looking to press high. However, his defending was largely impressive. He won 100 per cent of his ground duels and was largely impressive in possession. Tricky day against some of the league’s best attackers.

Tyrone Mings – 7 (Man of the match)

Pick of the Villa defenders at Old Trafford. Looked to build from the back and bring the ball out of defence whenever he could. He amassed four clearances and four interceptions to help Emery’s side ride out sustained spells of United pressure.

Alex Moreno – 5

Things didn’t quite work for the flying left back in an attacking sense. He managed one shot off target but failed to register a successful cross or dribble. Defensively he also struggled with a 0 per cent success rate when it comes to duels. Worked hard, but looked jaded.

Leander Dendoncker – 5

It was hard for Villa’s midfielders and the Belgium international put in a decent shift before he was replaced in the 64th minute. He won all of his tackles, recovered the ball five times and won 67 per cent of his ground duels. Put in a lot of work and was replaced by Bertrand Traoré midway through the second period.

Douglas Luiz – 5

He kept things ticking over well in midfield with a pass accuracy of 85 per cent. However, the Brazilian only won 29 per cent of his ground duels and failed to win a tackle. His presence is a must for Emery’s side, but this wasn’t his best performance.

Emi Buendia – 4

Fairly innocuous performance from the Argentinian. He failed to register a shot and managed an expected assists of just 0.03. In games against the best teams, Aston Villa need their attacking players to stand up and sadly the 26-year-old went missing. Furthermore, his passing was sloppy, with Buendia only managing a 55 per cent completion rate.

John McGinn – 5

Tried to get things going in the midfield but wasn’t quite at the levels he’s previously set. Managed 31 touches but couldn’t find the target with either of his two shots on target. Tireless performance, but things just didn’t seem to come off for the Scot.

Jacob Ramsey – 3

Really concerning performance from the youngster who gave the ball away three times during the 90 minutes. Furthermore, the 21-year-old failed to land a shot on target and only managed two passes into the final third. When Emery needed someone to make a difference going forward, Ramsey shied away from the opportunity.

Ollie Watkins – 4

It’s hard to criticise Watkins too much, but this was a really quiet afternoon for the in-form striker. He touched the ball just 12 times, which was the lowest of any player on the pitch. That can be put down to a lack of service. He didn’t really have a chance to show what he can do.

Substitutes

Calum Chambers (on for Young, 64′) – 4

Bertrand Traore (on for Dendoncker, 64′) – 5

Jhon Duran (on for Buendia, 76′) – 5

Lucas Digne (on for Moreno, 75′) – 5

In other Aston Villa news, Danny Mills was completely wrong about a “terrible” Villa player after his recent transformation under Emery.