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Report: Steven Gerrard singled out ‘perfect’ Aston Villa player for praise after Manchester City result
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Report: Steven Gerrard singled out ‘perfect’ Aston Villa player for praise after Manchester City result

Aston Villa haven’t enjoyed the easiest start to their Premier League campaign this season.

However, their last match against Manchester City could act as an important turning point.

The Villains earned a deserved 1-1 draw, and The Athletic have reported on what happened after the match.

Manchester City took the lead through the unstoppable Erling Haaland.

However, they were pegged back by Leon Bailey with 15 minutes to go.

Villa should have won the match after a Philippe Coutinho goal was incorrectly ruled out for offside.

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After the match, The Athletic report that Gerrard praised Ashley Young in the dressing room for his performance against Man City.

Young was brought on in the first-half after an injury to Matty Cash.

The 37-year-old played over an hour against the current league champions and certainly held his own.

Young’s quality has never been in doubt, having had successful spells at Manchester United and Inter Milan.

However, aside from a brief cameo against Everton, his only other appearance this season came against Bolton.

To get up to speed against Pep Guardiola’s side so quickly is why it was no surprise Gerrard praised Young for his performance.

Gerrard praised Ashley Young for City performance

Ashley Young’s future at Aston Villa was in doubt at the start of his summer after his previous contract expired.

Young ended up signing a new one-year deal and Gerrard named him as club captain.

Gerrard described Young as being ‘perfect for me’ last season, and clearly wanted Young to hang around his season.

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Villa are sitting perilously close to the relegation zone right now, and need a big performance against Southampton tomorrow.

Cash is still ruled out for the Saints clash, and so Young could make his first league start of the season.

Villa fans will be hoping Young puts in another performance that earns Gerrard’s praise once again.

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