Unai Emery & Jacob Ramsey react to Aston Villa’s ‘hungry’ 3-1 win over Man Utd
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Aston Villa enjoyed a moment of history this afternoon as they beat Manchester United at home for the first time in 27 years. Unai Emery’s side ran riot at Villa Park as United were dispatched by three goals to one.
The three points claimed sees Villa soar to 13th in the table – a far better outlook than how they started the day, down in 17th. Villa Park was rocking for much of the afternoon and no wonder, as Emery’s side displayed a renewed sense of energy and passion.
Leon Bailey opened the scoring within just seven minutes, firing hard and low past United goalkeeper David De Gea. Lucas Digne added a second just four minutes later, scoring his first goal for the Villans as he curled in a direct free-kick.
United claimed one back through a Ramsey own goal just before half time but the Villa youngster more than made up for it with a great strike just after the break. Resilience and determination followed as the Red Devils were shut out by a much-improved Lions team.
“The supporters were amazing and the players were great with the plan,” Emery said post-match. “The first step is to take confidence, start with energy and the supporters supported with their response.
“We have the players with the good skills. The way we played the 90 minutes we can be optimistic but only first step and we have to work a lot to keep improving. They were hungry, they were feeling good with their emotions today. They did a very good job.”
Ramsey, whose goal regained a two-goal buffer for Villa, was one of the best players on the field. He told BBC Sport: “There has been a lot of tactical work this week and the game plan worked. When the new gaffer came in he said it was a clean slate. He gave us a lot of confidence and belief and I think it showed on the pitch.”
Villa have one more game left to play before the World Cup international break – away at Brighton & Hove Albion next Sunday, November 13.