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Premier League: 3 Things We Learned as Manchester United Were Held to a 2-2 Draw by Aston Villa

Manchester United missed a chance to go fifth in the Premier League table as they were held to a 2-2 by Aston Villa at home.


Jack Grealish put the visitors 1-0 ahead with a sensational goal early on but United hit back just before half time via a Tom Heaton own goal. Victor Lindelof then headed the Red Devils in front in the 64th minute. That lead lasted just two minutes, however, as Tyrone Mings volleyed Villa level.


United pushed late on to find a winner, but Villa held firm to leave with the point that they deserved. This was only the second time Villa have avoided defeat away from home this season.


Here are three things we learned as Manchester United drew 2-2 with Aston Villa at Old Trafford.

3. Villa took complete advantage of 'slow starters' United

After a sluggish start against Sheffield United last weekend, United looked to have started this weekend's game in much the same way. Villa dominated the opening exchanges, both in terms of possession of the ball and setting the tempo. United clearly lacked intensity and no one was able to read the in-game situations, until they fell behind and desperation set in.


They clearly miss Paul Pogba, and even Scott McTominay, to an extent. But their ability to work it through the thirds just isn't anywhere near where you expect a Manchester United side to be.

2. Rashford on point in new role

The first half saw Rashford put in yet another uninspiring performance. He looked indecisive in the final third, and on several occasions failed to commit to his chosen option, missing chances as a result. It was pure luck that his shot deflected off Tom Heaton's shoulder to level the scores.


But the second half saw him play in a more central role, giving him a freer reign to roam further. He looked immediately more effective, picking and choosing his moments to peel wide or burst forward.

1. What next for Ole?

With Sir Alex watching on from the stands, it was more a case of questions rather than answers for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Just as something has begun to click in attack for his goal-shy team, their defence has started leaking goals. Solskjaer's job may be safe right now, but he knows he needs a win and needs to get United's season back on track.


Under Sir Alex, Old Trafford was a fortress that no team in Europe, let alone England, enjoyed visiting. Teams were often beaten before a ball was even kicked in anger. But as Villa held United, as countless other teams have, it gives one the feeling that visitors are actually more confident than usual about getting a result, and it’s making life very uncomfortable for United.