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'Wonderful': BBC pundit wowed by £50k-a-week Aston Villa player despite loss at Old Trafford tonight
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'Wonderful': BBC pundit wowed by £50k-a-week Aston Villa player despite loss at Old Trafford tonight

Aston Villa ace Ashley Young earned praise from BBC Sport pundit Leon Osman during the Carabao Cup third-round tie with Manchester United.

The Villans headed to Old Trafford having beaten the Red Devils 3-1 in the Premier League just a few days ago.

Villa and United played out a dour, goalless first half in the cup clash, with very little to speak of.

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The only thing worth mentioning was Scott McTominay’s header off his own goal line from Douglas Luiz’s corner.

However, the second half was a completely different proposition.

Just two minutes after the restart, Villa were a goal up.

Ollie Watkins raced on to a ball forwards and kept his composure with a lovely lifted finish over Martin Dubravka.

Although there appeared to be a handball in the build-up, there was no VAR on the night so the goal stood.

However, the Red Devils didn’t have to wait long to restore parity.

A ball over the top sent Bruno Fernandes charging down the right channel.

He duly squared an inviting ball in the box for Anthony Martial to tuck away the equaliser.

‘Brilliant attacking play’

Then, just after the hour mark, Villa were 2-1 up.

Young was the architect as he charged forward from right-back, the £50,000-a-week ace then delivering a superb cross at the back post.

Substitute Leon Bailey headed the ball into the path of Diogo Dalot, who stuck a boot out and diverted the ball linto his own net.

“Really good play from Aston Villa,” Osman said on BBC Radio 5 Live (10/11/22, 21:24). “Good positive passing through the middle of the pitch.

“Opened up a big space for Ashley Young and he picked out a wonderful cross, the angle was really tight for Leon Bailey. Brilliant attacking play by Villa.”

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But once again, Villa’s lead didn’t last long.

Seven minutes later, Marcus Rashford charged into the box to latch onto the loose ball from Young’s tackle on Christian Eriksen. 

He then held off a couple of challenges before drilling a finish past Robin Olsen.

The Villa keeper then had a nightmare as he effectively handed United’s third on a silver platter.

Olsen’s poor clearance fell to Alejandro Garnacho, who played a first-time pass to Fernandes.

The Portuguese had a go at goal and it took a deflection off Tyrone Mings to go past Olsen.

United then wrapped up the game in injury time, Garnacho delivering a wonderful pass for McTominay to convert.

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