Paying the Penalty
Another game, another dubious Manchester United penalty. The Red Devils have now had 33 penalties in their last 59 games, after they were awarded their winner at Old Trafford in their 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
That’s over a penalty every other game – it’s an astonishing stat. Add to that, the fact that only two United wins out of their 10 wins this season haven’t involved VAR in the winner, and you can see you’ll probably need to score at least two goals to have a chance of beating them.
That’s why Ross Barkley’s absence again from the team sheet for the United game made it an uphill task from the off. Villa needed to field their first XI that had beaten both Liverpool and Arsenal in emphatic style to have a real chance of winning at Old Trafford.
Villa put in a decent performance at Old Trafford and were unfortunate to come up short in terms of a result, but as the above stats suggest, the pendulum has a habit of swinging in United’s favour.
In the first show of 2021, the My Old Man Said podcast looks at Villa’s key performers and United’s seemingly basic tactical approach to games, that relies on their abundance of pace, as well as their penalty-winning dark arts.
As well as the Villa news for 2021, so far, we also look at Jose Mourinho’s recent issue with the Premier League, Messi’s latest achievement and Leeds United small-time social media work.
While the honour of being the first ex-Villa player to undergo the Overrated or Underrated test in 2021 is Eric Djemba-Djemba.
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