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Aston Villa 1-1 Manchester United: Five Talking Points

Modified 21 Dec 2014, 00:44 IST

Radamel Falcao's second-half goal was enough to give Manchester United a share of the spoils at Villa Park. The home side took the lead in the first half thanks to Christian Benteke's stunning left-footed finish.Although the visitors dominated the possession, they were unable to create too many chances in the first half. But Falcao's header early in second half levelled  the scores and although Gabi Agbonlahor was sent off just after the hour mark, the Red Devils couldn't make their advantage count as they could only draw.Here are the major talking points from the game.  

#1 There should be no place for sentiment

When Louis Van Gaal made Darren Fletcher his vice-captain at the start of the season, he showcased a softer side to his rugged exterior. While that isn't much of an issue on its  own, when you let emotion cloud your judgement then you have big problems on your hand. Marouane Fellaini's injury meant that there was a gap in the side's central midfield and instead of going for the impressive Ander Herrera, Van Gaal chose the safer and sentimental option in Fletcher.

While the Scot certainly did his defensive duties, he looked lacklustre going forward and was duly substituted at half time with Carrick moving into midfield, which made the side much more of a threat going forward.

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Published 20 Dec 2014, 23:17 IST
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