‘We were dominant’ - Jacob Ramsey outlines key reason why Aston Villa failed against Man Utd
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Jacob Ramsey has rued Aston Villa’s lack of ruthlessness to kill the game off against Manchester United.
Unai Emery’s side managed 23 shots - including 10 on target - but ultimately came undone by a late Scott McTominay header. That result proved Villa’s third consecutive defeat at home as fears begin to heighten about their Champions League hopes.
As it stands, they have a five-point cushion over the Red Devils in fifth place - a spot that could secure a seat at Europe’s top table next season due to a change in the competition's format. Villa have not competed in the Champions League since its rebrand in 1992.
But a defeat to Man United - their sixth of the season - sent a reality check to Emery’s side that the job is not done yet. Ramsey played the entire 90 minutes and may be relied upon further following Boubacar Kamara’s injury.
The Frenchman was forced off with a knee injury and is likely to be ruled out for the season of the campaign. However, Villa youngster Ramsey believes the loss was down to their failure to take chances, with United goalkeeper Andre Onana called upon throughout.
“On another day (we could have won),” he said. “Especially in the first half, I’ve had two or three chances (and) Ollie’s had two or three chances. If we put those away, we kill the game off.
“You’ve just got to look at the performance, obviously we want to win games and we’ve not been great here at home recently but we can take positives from the performance. Man United are a big team and I think we were dominant but just lacked the last chances in the final third.”