Raphael Varane explains what Man United did right against Aston Villa

Manchester United are into the FA Cup’s Fourth Round.

The Red Devils, led by interim manager Ralf Rangnick, managed to squeeze past Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa during Monday night’s Third Round at Old Trafford.

Despite arguably being the worst team on the night, United was able to cling to an early goal scored by midfielder Scott McTominay.

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Had the footballing Gods not have been looking fondly on the Red Devils, the Premier League giants could very well have seen their Midlands opponents pull one back in the second half.

However, following an extensive VAR check, Danny Ings’ header was ruled out following a foul on Edinson Cavani during the passage of play’s build-up.

With the game ending narrowly 1-0 in United’s favour, Rangnick will now need to prepare his side to face Championship outfit Middlesborough in the next round.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, defender Raphael Varane, who started at centre-back, admitted how difficult Gerrard’s tricky Villians were to get past, but hailed his teammate’s resilience.

“It was a difficult match,” the France international said. “We had to suffer a lot on the pitch but together and I liked the spirit of this match.

“We had the opportunity to score more goals. When it was not possible to play higher up the pitch we were compact and did not let them play easily.

“We had to be aggressive and as a result it is good. We are happy. We need more confidence, we need to be together and I think we are in a good way.”

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