Aston Villa completed their pre-season with a slender 1-0 win over Manchester United at Villa Park on Saturday afternoon.
The west Midlands outfit don’t start their Premier League season until September 21 after their opening game at Manchester City was postponed due to the Cityzens’ involvement in the last eight of the Champions League.
Prior to that, however, the Villans have to take on Burton Albion on the second round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night and they seem prepared for the tie after the 1-0 triumph over the Red Devils.
Of course, United played with an under-strength team with the likes of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Victor Lindelof, Anthony Martial, David de Gea and Mason Greenwood unavailable for selection.
However, they still had a quality lineup with the presence of Harry Maguire, Marcus Rashford, Luke Shaw, Dean Henderson among others including summer signing Donny van Beek.
Villans’ record signing Ollie Watkins scored the only goal of the friendly in the 16th minute and his strike resulted from a quality move which was started by captain Jack Grealish.
The recently-capped England international provided a delightful cross-field ball from the left flank to Trezequet and the Egyptian was quick to unleash his cross into the box which Watkins converted with a powerful diving header past goalkeeper Henderson.
United looked for the equaliser with Jesse Lingard offering the main threat on goal, but the Villans produced a resolute defensive display over the course of 90 minutes to preserve their lead.
Both Watkins and Matty Cash made their non-competitive debuts for the Villans and there has been plenty of praise for the former on Twitter following his winning strike.
Here are some of the reactions:
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- Dean Smith praises Villa’s ‘super subs’ as Villa come back to beat Fulham
- Jack Grealish ‘back and raring to go’ ahead of Fulham on Sunday
- Why Grealish absence proves that Villa are still too reliant on their talisman
- Jack Grealish to miss out against Newcastle – injury latest
- Dean Smith criticizes ‘sloppy’ Villa players after Sheffield United defeat
- Aston Villa report ‘sickening’ racist abuse of youngster to the police
- Can Aston Villa finish in the top six this season?
- Dean Smith laments below average Villa but praises ‘fantastic’ Emiliano Martinez after goalless draw with Brighton
- Three Aston Villa players with a point to prove against Brighton
- Dean Smith confirms that Aston Villa have received no approaches for assistant John Terry amid Bournemouth rumours