Manchester United are in FA Cup Third Round action this Monday evening (19:55 GMT), as they host Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
Ralf Rangnick‘s side currently find themselves in something of a crisis after their Premier League defeat to Wolves and will be hoping some cup success can alleviate the tension. Stay with us for all the build-up to Manchester United vs Aston Villa and then updates from the match.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa – LIVE SCORE: 1-0
This is the start of our Manchester United vs Aston Villa live blog, with updates from this FA Cup Third Round fixture following on from here. As always, the entries nearest the top are the most recent ones.
Varane wants a more confident United
Manchester United defender Raphael Varane to BBC Sport: “It was a difficult match. We had to suffer a lot on the pitch but together and I liked the spirit of this match.
“We had the opportunity to score more goals. When it was not possible to play higher up the pitch we were compact and did not let them play easily. We had to be aggressive and as a result it is good. We are happy. We need more confidence, we need to be together and I think we are in a good way.”
Villa will have regrets
Alan Shearer on BBC 1: “Aston Villa created chances. They will look back on this game with regret. They should have scored. It was not a good performance from Manchester United. They were second best for large parts of that second half.”
Full Time – Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa
Manchester United did just enough to make it past Aston Villa, but were second best for large parts of the game. McTominay’s goal early in the first half ended up being the winner, but Villa hit the crossbar and had a goal ruled out by VAR, while also dominating large parts of the game.
Minute 94 – Man of the Match
Scott McTominay has been selected as Man of the Match, and it is his goal which will send United into the fourth round, as things stand.
Minute 90 – Still time for Villa
With six minutes left to play, Stevie Gerrard’s charges still have time to get the equalising goal.
Minute 80 – Last chance saloon
Villa were well on top, but United have come back into the game and looks dangerous. Villa might have missed their chance, but they have 10 minutes left to get an equaliser.
Minute 73 – Greenwood forces save
A nice break by United after Greenwood was played in by a Fernandes throw in, and as he rushes in on goal, Martinez saves the shot and it spills into the box, but Rashford is unwilling to pounce on the rebound. A strange reaction from the striker.
Minute 67 – De Gea saves from Cash
It’s more or less all Aston Villa and the ball falls to Cash on the edge of the box, with defender testing De Gea who pushes the ball round the post.
Minute 59 – Another Aston Villa goal disallowed
A good spell from Villa and Ings dinked the ball over De Gea, before Watkins poked home on the line, but Ings was offside on the initial pass forward.
Minute 50 – Aston Villa goal disallowed
The equaliser comes early in the second half in almost comical fashion as Ings knees the a ball in at close range, but Ramsey was blocking Cavani in the build up and the referee has decided to disallow the goa.
Second half starts
We are back underway at Old Trafford and there are no changes from either side at half time.
Half time – Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa
The home side took an early lead through McTominay, but that was about as much as United created in the second half. Luke Shaw, Cavani and Fernandes have all had a go, but Martinez in the Villa goal has been equal to those efforts. At the other end, Watkins has caused plenty of issues and even hit the crossbar, with McGinn and Ramsey going close.
Minute 38 – United’s turn
A brilliant block from Matty Cash denies Fernandes, whose low shot looked like it was going in at the far post. Then Luke Shaw has a go and his strike is tipped over the bar by Martinez.
Minute 32 – Another let off for United
Villa are piling the pressure on the home side and Jacob Ramsey tries a side-footed effort from 20 yards, but a deflection from McTominay takes it just wide of the post.
Minute 30 – VILLA HIT THE CROSSBAR
A hoofed long ball by Mings is poorly controlled by Lindelof who allows Watkins to get the ball, and he chops inside the six-yard box only to fire onto the crossbar.
Minute 27 – De Gea and Martinez make saves
Emiliano Buendia combines with Watkins on the edge of the United area and his low drive is held by De Gea. Then at the other end, Fernandes plays in Cavani and his deflected shot is palmed away by Martinez.
Minute 19 – McGinn has a go
John McGinn tries his luck from distance after being given plenty of space by the Manchester United midfield, but a strong hand from David De Gea denies the Scotland midfielder.
Minute 11 – Villa almost reply
It could and maybe should be level after an Aston Villa corner is flicked on at the near post by Tyrone Mings in the direction of Ollie Watkins, but Victor Lindelof heads into he body of Watkins and the ball goes out for a goal kick.
Minute 7 – GOAL Man Utd!
A bright start from the home side was rewarded with a goal as a cross from deep by Fred finds his midfield parter Scott McTominay who heads into the net.
We are underway at Old Trafford.
Gerrard expects tough match
Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard to the BBC: “It is about the game, not about me. We are looking forward to it. Our record in the FA Cup in the last few years hasn’t been good enough and we want to put that right tonight.
“We are not involved in any European competition, we play a game a week to the end of the season so we want a good cup run. Coming here is going to be tough, we are going to have to be at it.”
United are there for the taking
Nigel Reo-Coker on BBC Radio 5 Live: “I’m sure Gerrard is telling his players that United are there for the taking. You can see in the players’ body language that they don’t believe in this manager or his management style. Villa are a good team, they’ve got a good thing going. It’s going to be a great game.”
Manchester United vs Aston Villa – Official Line-ups
Manchester United make four changes to the team that lost to Wolves in the Premier League, with Victor Lindelof, Diogo Dalot, Fred and Marcus Rashford in for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Phil Jones, Nemanja Matic and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Aston Villa make two changes from the team that lost to Brentford, with Tyrone Mings and Ollie Watkins in for Kourtney Hause and Bertrand Traore.
Man Utd XI: De Gea; Dalot, Varane, Lindelof, Shaw; McTominay, Fred; Greenwood, Fernandes; Cavani, Rashford.
Aston Villa XI: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Ramsey, Buendia, Ings, Watkins.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa predicted line-ups
Manchester United’s predicted line-up (4-2-2-2): Henderson; Wan-Bissaka, Jones, Lindelof, Shaw; Matic, McTominay; Lingard, Van de Beek; Cavani, Greenwood
Aston Villa’ predicted line-up (4-3-3): Martinez; Cash, Mings, Konsa, Targett; Luiz, McGinn, Ramsey; Traore, Ings, Watkins
Manchester United vs Aston Villa: When does it start?
This Monday evening’s match between Manchester United and Aston Villa kicks off at 19:55 GMT, the local time in Manchester. For those living in the USA, you can tune in at 14:55 ET / 11:55 PT, while for those living in Spain you can tune in at 20:55 CET.
Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Where to watch it?
For those watching Manchester United vs Aston Villa from the USA, you can watch the game live on ESPN+, whilst for those living in the United Kingdom the match will be broadcast live on BBC 1, as well as being streamed live on BBC iPlayer and the BBC iPlayer app.