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McTominay leads United to victory over Villa in FA Cup

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Manchester (England): Scott McTominay scored a header in advance to lead Manchester United to a 1-0 win over Aston Villa in the FA Cup third round at Old Trafford on Monday. While the win would give United interim manager Ralph Rangnick confidence a boost, the performance shows just how much effort is needed to compete for the titles. Villa will wonder how he said goodbye to competition after checking the match after arriving in delay with a goal from McTominay in the eighth minute, when he hit the frame twice, as goalkeeper David de Gea excelled at saving chances and the referee disallowed two goals for visiting team McTominay scored the only goal after a passage of the Brazilian Fred, but then the team suffered a lot in front of the vitality and activity of Aston Villa. United, a 12-time FA Cup winner, will play in home in the next round against second tier Middlesbrough. Villa, led by manager Steven Gerrard, will have a chance to make up for it when they host United on Saturday in Premier League. It will be linked to the match debate as to why Aston Villa’s draw was canceled at the start of the second half. John McGinn took a free kick towards Ezri Konsa and headed home to Danny Ings, who turned him in a goal using his thigh. Villa celebrated what he thought was a well-deserved draw, but referee Michael Oliver spoke quickly to his VAR assistants. Although the TV replay focused on whether Ings was in offside position or used his arm to score, Oliver went to a sidescreen and more than three minutes after the ball entered in goal, canceled the goal in what appeared to be Jacob Ramsey’s mistake against Edinson Cavani during the match. “It took three and a half minutes to follow up with the referees,” said Gerrard. They’ve reviewed two or three things. When a video referee is present and makes a decision, it must be accepted. There is nothing we can do to change it. “” The simplest thing is to go out and blame luck and the referees, and we won’t, “he added. We dominated for long periods, but we weren’t aggressive enough.” Minutes after this controversial shot, Inges sent a ball to goalkeeper De Gea and Oli Watkins turned him in a goal, but this time it was disallowed due to the offside against Inges. Watkins hit the crossbar in the first half after a mistake by defender Victor Lindelof, who returned to the United squad. De Gea saved several chances and prevented McGinn and Emiliano Buendia from scoring between Villa control and United’s addiction in counterattack. United striker Marcus Rashford missed the chance to solidify United’s progress before half-time before Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez parried a chance from left-back Luke Shaw. In the second half Villa pushes hard in amid the firmness of United to keep the result unchanged until the end. “If we say this is a perfect match, no one will believe it, and it certainly wasn’t,” said the interim United Rangnick manager. “We have some things we can do better, but it was important to come out clean and work together,” he added. “We still have a lot of things to improve, but it’s easier to do it after winning 1-0.” (Reuters)

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