Unai Emery ‘so happy’ with debut Villa win as Erik ten Hag bemoans meek Man Utd

Unai Emery ‘so happy’ with debut Villa win as Erik ten Hag bemoans meek Man Utd

Unai Emery loved a dream begin to life within the Aston Villa dugout as irked Erik ten Hag admitted his meek Manchester United facet deserved to lose in Birmingham.

Recently introduced in as Steven Gerrard’s successor, former Arsenal boss Emery masterminded his new membership’s first Premier League win towards the Red Devils at Villa Park since August 1995.

Leon Bailey struck an early blow that Lucas Digne added to with a wonderful free-kick in simply the eleventh minute, just for Jacob Ramsey to inadvertently deflect dwelling a Luke Shaw strike on the finish of the half to depart United trailing 2-1 on the break.

But the 21-year-old Ramsey struck a high quality effort on the proper finish early within the second interval to wrap up a 3-1 triumph as Emery ended Villa’s 23-match winless league run at dwelling to United.

“I was dreaming it, I am so happy,” stated the Spaniard, who oversaw Villarreal’s 2021 Europa League last win towards the Red Devils.

“I believe right this moment the ambiance was wonderful with the supporters and I believe we loved it with them.


I used to be dreaming it, I’m so glad.

Unai Emery

“I think we have players with energy. We have players with good skills.

“We wanted to be organised, we wanted to be disciplined and I think being together with our game plan the players did it. It was a special game today here.”

Emery’s recreation plan concerned his facet protecting possession and breaking the excessive press of United, who his facet journey to within the Carabao Cup on Thursday night.

“They (Villa players) had confidence, they had good matches here,” the Villa boss stated.

“They played as well against some teams before here – Brentford 4-0, they drew against Manchester City, they played very well against Chelsea.

“My challenge here is to be consistent and to become regular in our way.

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“Today I think it was so important against Manchester United after a long time we didn’t win, to do it. We did it but now it’s to keep it consistent in a regular way.

“We are going to play in Manchester on Thursday and Sunday in Brighton and our next challenge is going to be tough because this team didn’t keep the regularity in those matches away.”

United counterpart Ten Hag was visibly irritated by his facet’s show at Villa Park, the place their nine-match unbeaten run in all competitions got here to a tepid finish.

Asked if he felt his facet deserved anymore, Ten Hag stated: “No.

“You lose the game start of the first half, start of the second half. When you start a game like this you get beat.

“I think the free-kick is stoppable because the wall is too far. OK, small detail but details make a difference in top football.

“But it tells everything from us because we were not fresh.

“When you start the game, you always have the attitude and that was I think one of our best standards.

“We are really front foot, we are really ready to play in all the games until now. Today we were not from the start. Then you’re running behind the facts.

“We didn’t let them run, especially at the start of the game, we didn’t follow the rules in defending and we lost our battles.”

Ten Hag stated the variety of crosses despatched in to stand-in skipper Cristiano Ronaldo in the course of the first half was “stupid”.

But the United boss is just not getting carried away by his facet’s first defeat for the reason that 6-3 derby mauling at Manchester City.

“I am disappointed but I know in the process it will not only go the way up,” he added. “Setbacks will come and we have to deal with that.”