Rangnick, Bruno Fernandes feeling like Manchester United lost 2-2 draw

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Manchester United threw away a two-goal lead against Aston Villa in a 2-2 draw after a righteous start to Saturday’s Premier League match at Villa Park fell apart in a span of four minutes.

The Red Devils led after just six minutes on Emiliano Martinez’s howler helped Bruno Fernandes get on the board, and Ralf Rangnick’s men were buzzing around the Villa final third for the first half hour.

The hosts got into the game before halftime but Fernandes got a second goal in the second half and United appeared to be cruising to a complete win.

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That most certainly did not happen, as Jacob Ramsey and super-sub Philippe Coutinho each had a goal and an assist between the 77th and 81st minutes.

“It is tough to take because I think the game was under control,” said Bruno Fernandes. “The performance was better than the result, more controlled but the main point is winning games and points. We deserved more, but it’s not about deserving it is about getting points. We still have a lot to improve but it is about performance and results together.”

Rangnick was mystified at what he believed to be an inexplicable lapse.

After all, he said, this was United’s best game under his watch.

“It is very difficult to find positives after these 95 minutes,” he said. “I felt it was the best game since I came here. In the first half for 30 minutes we dominated the game. We had taken took some steps forward but have a few things to do better.

“It feels like a defeat, to be honest. Right now it’s very disappointed but what we showed was a step forward. It’s about getting the results, it feels like two points lost and given away.”

Villa’s point moves it 13th with 23, while United inches to 32 points. That’s five points back of fourth-place West Ham.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United final score: Red Devils run out of fuel

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Philippe Coutinho and Jacob Ramsey set each other up for late goals as Aston Villa stunned Manchester United with a 2-2 draw at Villa Park on Saturday.

United led 2-0 on a pair of Bruno Fernandes goals but just ran out of gas after a dominant first half. The Villans took control for the latter part of the first half but didn’t find the goal to make it 1-1, and wouldn’t felt unlucky to be down two.

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But the second half was all Villa aside from Fernandes’ second goal, as Coutinho’s 68th-minute entry saw him assist Ramsey within 10 minutes before scoring the equalizer in the 81st minute.

Villa’s point moves it 13th with 23, while United inches to 32 points. That’s five points back of fourth-place West Ham.


Aston Villa vs Manchester United final score

Aston Villa 2-2 Manchester United

Scorers: Fernandes 6, 67′; Ramsey 77′, Coutinho 81′

Shot attempts: Aston Villa 13-13 Manchester United

Shots on goal: Aston Villa 9-6 Manchester United

Possession: Aston Villa 55-45 Manchester United


Three things we learned from Aston Villa vs Manchester United

1. Don’t sleep on Philippe: He had less than a quarter of an hour to make the difference, and Barcelona loanee Philippe Coutinho danced on Manchester United like he was still playing for Liverpool. His 32 minutes only saw about 16 touches of the ball, but one was an assist, another was a goal, and a third was a shot on target. He hasn’t been a featured player in some time, but Coutinho is not terribly far removed from a double-digit goal and assist season on loan to Bayern Munich. Steven Gerrard is tapping his temple like the famous meme right now, members only.

2. Rangnick’s men run out of steam: Those who criticized Cristiano Ronaldo’s pressing work rate would’ve been yelling, “See?!? See?!?” at their TV screens as Manchester United buzzed all over Villa in the opening 30 minutes, as it was the hosts were trying to hold firm under siege. But the Red Devils had no gas left in the tank during a second half of struggle, and Rangnick didn’t sub until the 78th minute (Jadon Sancho). Only two more followed as Jesse Lingard and Donny van de Beek said hello for 89th-minute cameos. It took all of one half to go from buzzing to buzz-sawed.

3. Villa’s left side electric: Lucas Digne looked like a man let out of a cage as he went from Rafa Benitez’s doghouse at Everton straight into Steven Gerrard’s first team. The ex-Barcelona man set the stage for Coutinho’s entry by combining with Ramsey and Emiliano Buendia to help Villa surge back. The left side was pretty much perfect aside from Digne’s yellow card, and perhaps this game could’ve fallen in the win column if star goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez didn’t bungle Fernandes’ early shot in true howler fashion

Man of the Match: Jacob Ramsey

The kid was buzzing and benefited well from Digne and Buendia around him. We’re talking a goal, assist, two shots, and a perfect 3-for-3 on dribbles.


Rare Martinez error puts Villa behind

Even the best players make bad plays and that’s certainly the case for Emiliano Martinez.

The Villa keeper has been amongst the most consistent performers in the league since leaving Arsenal and show-stopping saves are far more common than mistakes.

This, however, leaves no room for debate. It’s bad.

Coutinh-Yo!

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Philippe Coutinho didn’t need too many touches to make his impact on a draw, and he only had about a half an hour.

The Brazilian will be buzzing to get more time on the pitch as he joins Emiliano Buendia in supplying big-time service.

The goal, it’s just a cherry on top.

Newcastle vs Watford final score: Magpies flop after taking lead

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Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United dropped a huge chance to move out of the bottom three when they fumbled a 1-0 lead at home to absence-riddled Watford in a loss truly damaging to their hopes of a Premier League stay.

The Saturday defeat started with the Magpies on the front foot and Allan Saint-Maximin put the hosts ahead with a pretty goal but that didn’t stop Watford from absolutely running the second half and claiming an 88th-minute equalizer through Joao Pedro.

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Watford had 59 percent possession in the second half and took 9 of the frame’s 12 shot attempts, fully deserving of their away point.

Newcastle drops into 19th on the table with 12 points after Norwich City’s win over Everton, while Watford’s 14th point is one more than 17th-place Norwich.


Newcastle vs Watford final score, stats

Newcastle United 1-1 Watford

Scorers: Allan Saint-Maximin 49′, Pedro 88′

Shot attempts: Newcastle 12-18 Watford

Shots on goal: Newcastle 1-5 Watford

Possession: Newcastle 52-48 Watford


Three things we learned from Newcastle vs Watford

1. Howe gets it wrong: Eddie Howe has a lot of explaining to do after his team had no idea what to do with its second-half lead. Fair play to the attack, as the Magpies should’ve been ahead by plenty after 45 minutes but totally took their foot off the gas pedal following Saint-Maximin’s 49th-minute tally. Watford had nearly 60 percent of the ball in the second half and Howe didn’t make any subs until the 74th minute as his team was out-attempted 9-2 in the final 45 minutes as Joe Willock was an unused sub and Miguel Almiron only got four minutes on the pitch. They needed three points and got one, and there should be real questions about a manager who was relegated in his last period of a long, successful period at Bournemouth.

2. Watford should feel boosted: Missing a boatload of players, the Hornets weathered the early storm and hit halftime at 0-0. With names like Masina and Ismaila Sarr out of the picture, Watford could’ve been out of it early. But they kept fighting and even controlled the match once down 1-0. Pedro’s jump in front of Jamaal Lascelles to score the equalizer is the perfect story of this game and, if Watford stays up, their season.

3. Magpies need more: There is not a single righteous excuse available to Eddie Howe given that Watford was missing Sarr and he had Chris Wood ready to debut while Callum Wilson was out injured. Howe got his piece of magic from Saint-Maximin and still couldn’t manufacture a win. The Magpies need to chase down Watford, keep Burnley behind them, and now pass Norwich or hope Leeds or Everton fall off a cliff. That doesn’t seem like it’s happening unless Newcastle makes big changes. No one besides Saint-Maximin, Wood, and Trippier is safe.

Man of the Match: Edo Kayembe. A true disruptor, Kayembe made five clearances and had two interceptions while winning five duels. He also had two key passes.


Allan Saint-Maximin deserves better

How long will a man capable of the below put up with the team around him neither supplying invention nor answers?

Let’s hope he asks Eddie Howe some questions this week, because Allan Saint-Maximin is a special breed.

Hornets take invitation to draw

Joao Pedro’s rise to head home Kiko Femenia’s cross honestly feels more about Jamaal Lascelles checking out than it does anything else, but the Magpies center back would’ve been furious with the sight of his team dropping deeper and deeper and deeper until it was in his lap… after the Magpies seized a 1-0 lead at home.

Where was the killer instinct?

Wolves vs Southampton final score: Hosts boost European hopes

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Wolves beat Southampton at Molineux to boost their European hopes, as they won after a dramatic finish.

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Jimenez slotted home a first half penalty kick and Coady bundled home after a free kick caused chaos to make it 2-0.

James Ward-Prowse scored a beautiful free kick to make it 2-1, and Romain Perraud hit the bar late on as Saints almost equalized. But Adama Traore made it 3-1 in stoppage time to seal the win.

Bruno Lage is doing a fine job in the West Midlands, as Wolves continue to exceed expectations and have conceded just 15 goals in 20 games this season.

The win moves Wolves on to 31 for the season and they are just six points off the top four and have a game in-hand. Southampton remain on 24 points after their first defeat in five.

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Wolves vs Southampton final score, stats

Wolves 3-1 Southampton

Goals scored: Wolves – Jimenez 37′, Coady 59′, Traore 90+1′; Southampton – Ward-Prowse 84′

Shots: Wolves 9, Southampton 13

Shots on target: Wolves 5, Southampton 10

Possession: Wolves 41, Southampton 59


Three things we learned from Wolves vs Southampton

1. Jose Sa key to European dream: He was busy throughout and the Portuguese goalkeepers holds the key to Wolves’ European hopes. If he continues to play like this, Wolves have a real chance and he’s been a huge success after his summer arrival from Olympiacos. It was going to take a lot to replace Rui Patricio but Wolves’ solid defensive base is built around Sa. They have enough quality elsewhere to win games and if they can continue to concede very few goals they will be in the top six battle all season long.

2. Ward-Prowse joins elite company: This was not a typical JWP curler, but his hammer free kick from distance was a thing of beauty. He now joins Thierry Henry and Gianfranco Zola as scoring 12 Premier League goals direct from free kicks and only David Beckham (18) has scored more than him in PL history. Ward-Prowse is in incredible form and he is pushing his game to new levels as he battles to try and seal a spot in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the 2022 World Cup.

3. VAR causes controversy: Wolves got a penalty and Southampton didn’t for two very similar situations. Bednarek caught Ait-Nouri and a spot kick was given, while Romeu was clipped by Dendoncker and nothing was given. It was a clear case of a lack of consistency and Southampton will feel aggrieved that referee Michael Salisbury wasn’t called to the pitch-side monitor like he had been for Wolves’ penalty.

Man of the Match: Max Kilman – Brilliant defensively and he’s having a great season.


Wolves make Saints pay

Southampton dominated early on but couldn’t make the most of set-piece opportunities and they were punished.

After a lengthy VAR review, a penalty kick was awarded as Jan Bednarek clipped Rayan Ait-Nouri in the box, and Raul Jimenez stepped up to slot home.

At the other end Mohammed Salisu was twice denied by Jose Sa, then Nathan Tella missed a great chance to equalize.

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VAR drama, as Coady scores

At one end Southampton thought they should have had a penalty kick, as Romeu was clipped by Dendoncker in the box in a very similar incident to the penalty awarded to Wolves.

But nothing was given.

At the other end Wolves then went 2-0 up as a free kick saw Fraser Forster get it all wrong as he came for the cross and was caught out.

Max Kilman’s header bounced against the post and Coady was on hand to head home.

Ward-Prowse with another stunner, but Wolves prevail

Saints skipper James Ward-Prowse scored a stunning free kick to set up a wild finish and make it 2-1.

Perraud then hit the woodwork with a fine header as Saints were inches away from making it 2-2.

Moments later substitute Traore missed a great chance, then he raced cleared to finish as he scored his first goal of the season and sealed the win for Wolves.

Norwich vs Everton final score: Canaries creep closer to safety

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Norwich vs Everton: The Toffees slumped to another sad defeat in the Premier League — a 2-1 final score — at Carrow Road on Saturday.

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Michael Keane started the scoring (in the wrong goal) in the 16th minute, and two minutes later Adam Idah made it 2-0 to Norwich. Richarlison pulled a goal back with a sensation overhead kick right on the hour mark, but that’s as close as Everton would get.

The victory pushes Norwich (13 points) into 18th place (up from 20th), now just one point behind 17th-place Watford after they came back to secure a late draw with Newcastle (12 points – 19th place) on Saturday. Everton currently occupy 15th place, with the relegation zone quickly closing in.


Norwich vs Everton final score, stats, results

Final score: Norwich 2, Everton 1

Goal scorers: Norwich (Keane 16′ – OG, Idah 18′), Everton (Richarlison 60′)

Shots: Norwich 12, Everton 12

Shots on target: Norwich 3, Everton 5

Possession: Norwich 41%, Everton 59%


3 things we learned – Norwich vs Everton

1. A goal for Norwich, finally: Heading into matchweek 22 on Saturday, Norwich hadn’t scored a Premier League goal since Nov. 30 — a span of 46 days, or six games. Josh Sargent playing a part in the first goal — even if it wasn’t a teammate in yellow and green that scored — is an encouraging sign for Norwich and the USMNT. That said, Everton happily played their part.

2. No relief for Rafa, still: Everton, a club which has spent nearly $700 million on transfers since Farhad Moshiri purchased the club in February 2016, are just six points clear of the relegation zone after playing half of their games for the season. Injured players are returning to the team, but the team is not improving. The Toffees have now won just one of their last 13 Premier League games (1W-2D-10L). A banner reading “Benitez, get out of our club” was unfurled in the away end immediately after the full-time whistle.

3. Relegation no longer a foregone conclusion: Sure, Norwich have done very little of the work themselves by losing six straight ahead of beating Everton. Sure, they’ve played (as many as four) more games than the other sides in the relegation battle. Sure, they’re only dreaming of staying up because everyone around them also refuses to win games. And still, they look more alive now than at any other point this season.

Man of the Match: Pierre Lees-Melou – The Frenchman was a terror in midfield (3 tackles, 4 interceptions, 2 clearances) and was typically the starting point for Norwich’s counter-attacks, which were rather effective for a change.


Norwich vs Everton highlights

Josh Sargent forces own goal to give Norwich the lead (goal video)

Adam Idah gets in behind and beats Jordan Pickford for 2-0 (goal video)

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Richarlison gives Everton life with stellar overhead kick (goal video)