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Premier League | Gameweek 24
Feb 11, 2024 at 4.30pm UK
Villa Park
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Aston Villa
1 - 2
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Unai Emery: 'Aston Villa players executed gameplan despite Manchester United defeat'

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Unai Emery says that he was happy with how Aston Villa's players executed his gameplan against Manchester United despite suffering a 2-1 defeat.
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Unai Emery has suggested that he was satisfied with Aston Villa's performance during the 2-1 defeat to Manchester United, despite acknowledging that an "opportunity" had been missed.

Villa went into the Premier League fixture on Sunday with the opportunity move 11 points clear of their opponents, who are in sixth position in the standings.

With the potential of a top-five place leading to Champions League qualification, the result could prove pivotal and Villa would succumb to a late defeat.

After Rasmus Hojlund had given United an early lead, Douglas Luiz netted a deserved equaliser in the second half, only for a Scott McTominay header to earn the visitors all three points in the closing stages.

As a result, United have catapulted themselves back into contention for a place at European football's top table for 2024-25 and now sit six points adrift of Tottenham Hotspur in fourth spot.

The gap is one fewer to Villa, who have now lost three of their most recent six Premier League fixtures to drop eight points behind leaders Liverpool.

Speaking after the game, Emery was full of praise for his side's general performance, saying that 'the game plan was carried out', but accepted that his players were not clinical in the final third.

As quoted by the club's official website, the Spaniard said: "We were being successful here at home in a lot of matches, playing a lot of matches worse than we played tonight against Manchester United.

"We created chances but we weren't clinical. Their goalkeeper played a fantastic match and we lost a very good opportunity. This is the way to build our structure stronger and to try and control the game in the structure we are progressively trying to build. We did it.

"The plan before the match we were speaking about in the dressing room and the players did it. Sometimes it was goalkeeper, sometimes we weren't clinical, but we controlled the game and avoided the transitions.

"We conceded a few chances to score but they are Manchester United and they have very good players. We have to be proud of our work, proud of our supporters, and we are fifth in the league. We lost a very good opportunity today to do a bigger gap with them but we keep going."

Villa are next in action when they make the trip to West London to face Fulham on February 17. body check tags ::

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1Liverpool27196264253963
2Manchester CityMan City26185359263359
3Arsenal26184462233958
4Aston Villa27174659372255
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs26155655391650
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd26142103636044
7West Ham UnitedWest Ham2712694347-442
8Newcastle UnitedNewcastle271241157451240
9Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2710984944539
10Wolverhampton WanderersWolves27115114043-338
11Chelsea26106104443136
12Fulham27105123942-335
13Bournemouth2577113347-1428
14Crystal Palace2777133247-1528
15Brentford2775153950-1126
16Everton2787122937-825
17Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest2766153449-1524
18Luton TownLuton2655163754-1720
19Burnley2634192558-3313
20Sheffield UnitedSheff Utd2634192266-4413
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