It has been suggested that if Manchester United and Aston Villa were to form a best eleven, only two United players would make it.
In an interview on TalkSPORT, former Aston Villa striker and one-club man Gabriel Agbonlahor said, “If you put together a starting XI with Manchester United and Aston Villa players, only Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes would be in it,” he said.
This is a significant departure from the lineup Agbonlahor named in August before the league kickoff.
At the time, Agbonlahor included five United players, stating that “Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Luke Shaw, Lisandro Martinez, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford could make a combined United-Aston Villa best 11,” according to the Mirror, but now, more than three months later, Agbonlahor has concluded that the Villa players are far better than the United players.
“Agbonlahor believes Aston Villa players are far superior to United players,” The Sun added.
This is not because Aston Villa are simply the favorite, Agbonlahor argues.
The Gunners have angered fans with their up-and-down performances this season. Defeats to Bayern Munich and Turkkiye Galatasaray in the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League have raised red flags about their chances of qualifying. On the 25th, the team won 1-0 in the Champions League against Copenhagen in Denmark, but it was a ‘hard-fought victory’ as Rasmus Hojlund and the rest of the attacking line wasted several chances.
Unai Emery’s Aston Villa, on the other hand, are a different story. They’ve scored 23 goals in the league, and their offense has been stellar. That’s second only to Newcastle United’s 24 goals in the Premier League this season.
Villa is fifth in the league with six wins, one draw, and two losses in nine games this season, well ahead of United’s five wins and four losses. United, who sit in eighth place in the league, have had a tough start to the season.
“At left back, I chose Luca Digne because my favorite Alex Moreno is injured,” Agbonlahor wrote, meaning that Digne is better than United’s first-choice left backs Luke Shaw or Sergio Reguilon, despite being an Aston Villa backup.
There are other United players who are still on Agbonlahor’s list for the ‘mass purge’. Rashford and Bruno. They play left and right winger, respectively, and could play on the wing of Aston Villa 카지노 striker Olly Watkins.
“Aston Villa and United are due to meet on Boxing Day (the mandatory league game on the day after Christmas), but Agbonlahor believes United will lose to Aston Villa if their current form continues,” The Sun reports.
The Red Devils host Manchester City in the Manchester derby on April 30 at 0:30 p.m., the same team that won the European treble last season. It’s considered one of the toughest gateways for the Red Devils, so United manager Eric Dier will need to be well prepared.