In a thrilling Boxing Day clash at Old Trafford, Manchester United staged a remarkable second-half comeback to secure a 3-2 victory over Aston Villa.

The first half saw Erik ten Hag’s side facing a 2-0 deficit, but a resurgent performance in the second half extended their impressive unbeaten streak on Boxing Day at the Theatre of Dreams to 20 matches (W17, D3).

Aston Villa took an early lead with John McGinn’s fortuitous free-kick, followed by Leander Dendoncker’s goal from another set-piece situation.

The halftime whistle left United fans anxious, considering their recent struggles in front of goal.

The second half, however, saw a renewed United side. Alejandro Garnacho had an early goal ruled out for offside, but he quickly made amends, tapping in Marcus Rashford’s cross to initiate the comeback.

Garnacho continued his stellar performance, equalizing with a deflected effort. Rasmus Hojlund, making a significant impact in his Premier League debut, volleyed home from a Bruno Fernandes corner, completing the turnaround in the 82nd minute.

The victory, coming after a three-game winless league run, boosted morale and brought United within five points of fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

Player Ratings:

– Andre Onana – 5/10: Struggled with the first goal and had issues with passing accuracy.

– Diogo Dalot – 7/10: Active going forward, though lacking in end product, and kept Leon Bailey at bay defensively.

– Jonny Evans – 8/10: Rolled back the years, offering crucial defensive interventions.

– Raphael Varane – 7/10: Led by example, displaying composure in the second half.

– Aaron Wan-Bissaka – 7/10: Overcame early frustrations, making well-timed tackles and interceptions.

– Christian Eriksen – 5/10: Slow reactions and struggled to make an impact.

– Kobbie Mainoo – 7/10: Improved performance, showcasing talent and making tireless runs.

– Alejandro Garnacho (MOTM) – 9/10: A match-winning performance, scoring three times.

– Marcus Rashford – 8/10: Showed his skills and ability, playing a crucial role in the comeback.

– Bruno Fernandes – 7/10: Created excitement with killer passes but wasted energy on disputes.

– Rasmus Hojlund – 8/10: Scored an important Premier League goal and was integral to attacking movements.

Substitutes:

– Antony – 6/10
– Scott McTominay – 5/10
– Willy Kambwala – N/A
– Daniel Gore – N/A
– Hannibal Mejbri – N/A

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