Aston Villa manager Dean Smith decided to bring Tyrone Mings straight back into the side for the Man United after his suspension ended.
What Dean Smith had to say on his tactics
Speaking via the Birmingham Mail, Smith said: “It was a tough decision. Kortney had played the last four games and we’d only conceded one goal. We’ve had some very good performances from him but had Tyrone not got sent off against Crystal Palace, I’d have probably been resting Kortney for the Chelsea game, such was his fitness levels.
“He’s proved to me, and everybody, his fitness levels are up there with the performances that he’s put in against Burnley, Palace and Chelsea. I had a big decision to make (vs Man United) and I felt Tyrone would be a lot fresher and could be one to freshen the team up. It was very harsh on Kortney for Tyrone to come in because he’s done very well. Tyrone done well for us.”
Was this the right decision?
The manager already highlighted in his comments how tough a decision it was. However, despite the possible concerns over Kortney Hause’s fitness, it might have been best to keep him in the side.
As well as the in form Villa side only conceding once in the four games he had played, the centre-back also scored a goal too. Tyrone Mings, meanwhile, made an error in the build-up to United’s first goal and this frustrated a lot of the fan base.
It will be very interesting to see who Dean Smith picks in his back line in Villa’s next Premier League game which sees them play Tottenham. Hause’s recent performance’s, compared to Mings, perhaps make him look like a more favourable option, especially seeing as the game on Boxing Say saw Mings get a silly red card.
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