When Gabby Agbonlahor saw red in the 65th minute, giving mighty Manchester United a man advantage for nearly a half-hour, things looked bleak for Aston Villa.
But the hosts were able to hold the surging Red Devils, and Leandro Bacuna almost gave Villa a surprise three points at home.
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And United captain Wayne Rooney wasn’t interested in discussing his club’s failure to keep up with Manchester City, who trounced Crystal Palace in the early game, dismissing title-talk as a media thing.
“We got the early goal in the second half we wanted but maybe that final pass or cross we didn’t get right when they went to 10 men. It’s certainly two points dropped.
“We were trying to do the right things but they put bodies behind the ball and it can sometimes be more difficult to break them down.
“I think it’s more you guys talking about titles. We know what our aims are and we are focused on our goals.”
United couldn’t find its finish on Saturday, that’s for sure, and in the world of overanalyzing 25 minutes of soccer the failure to score is a big concern.
But the Red Devils had been as hot as anyone in the Premier League and were picking up points at an unexpectedly good pace. A road point isn’t anything to shake a stick at, so it’s on the skipper to make sure three points against Newcastle get his side back on track.