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Our 3️⃣ points after Coutinho stars in stunning comeback against Man Utd
Philippe Coutinho came off the bench to score on his Aston Villa debut as Manchester United blew a two-goal lead at Villa Park.
Here is what we made of it.
Phil yer boots
Welcome back to the Premier League, Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazilian completed a surprise loan move to Aston Villa and in a brief 22-minute cameo reminded us all of the talents that made Barcelona spend over €100 million on him in 2017.
There were flashes of what the 29-year-old was so good at during his time at Liverpool, finding space in between the lines, the deft passes – one of which led to Jacob Ramsey’s goal – as well as his remarkable dribbling ability.
His goal came as a result of something he isn’t as known for, as a darting run to the back post ended with a tap-in to complete the comeback for his new team.
It’s been a tough few years for Coutinho but perhaps this is the start of him finding his way again under the guidance of a former teammate as manager.
A goal and an assist on his debut is not a bad way to start.
Superstar in the making
Coutinho may have stolen the headlines but the performance from Jacob Ramsey was the most eye-catching part of Villa’s comeback.
Steven Gerrard may have a potential superstar on his hands in the 20-year-old midfielder as he put in another impressive showing tonight in the midst of his breakthrough season.
Ramsey’s well-taken finish got the comeback started but he was a constant threat to United all evening, particularly with his direct running with the ball and nous for the third-man run into the penalty area which was resemblant of the Dele Alli days under Mauricio Pochettino.
The youngster possessed the energy that has been severely lacking from Manchester United’s midfield all season and it was only right that he didn’t end up on the losing side in Birmingham this evening.
Wrecked it, Ralf
Manchester United played well for large parts of this match.
The first half was the best 45 minutes we’ve seen under interim head coach Ralf Rangnick as we started to see the traits in the side that the German is believed to appreciate. There was dynamism, intense pressing, a control of the ball and fluid link-up in attacking areas.
Bruno Fernandes looked more like his old self in the middle of the park and his second goal was particularly well-taken but United’s lack of game management in the second half was startling.
Not on player on the visiting side managed to put his foot on the ball to kill the flow of the game as Villa began to build up steam in attack after attack.
Whatever system Rangnick will end up sticking with and the players he uses shouldn’t even be the most pressing issue for United at the moment, his team have a vulnerable soft underbelly.
Another step back from this frustrating Manchester United side.
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