Matt Targett admits Aston Villa feared more VAR woe after Manchester United leveller

By Matt Maher | Aston Villa | Published:

Matt Targett admitted Villa feared more VAR heartache when Tyrone Mings netted their equaliser in yesterday’s 2-2 draw at Manchester United.

Players wait to hear whether Mings's goal will be given.

Mings earned Villa a point when he volleyed home Targett’s chipped cross in the 66th minute, though the strike was subject to a check from video assistant referee to make sure the defender was onside.

And Targett revealed that left Villa’s players, who have been on the rough end of VAR decisions more than once this term, fearing the worst.

He said: “To be fair, the way everyone was acting we thought it was offside. Thankfully it wasn’t!"

The full-back then quipped: “It was a lovely finish and a good connection, though to be fair I thought he couldn’t miss as I put it on a plate for him!”

Mings’ goal earned Villa a rare but deserved point at Old Trafford. The visitors had gone ahead thanks to a superb goal from skipper Jack Grealish, before headers from Marcus Rashford and Victor Lindelhof turned things around for the hosts.

Targett heaped praise on Grealish, who backed up his impressive display in last week’s 2-0 win over Newcastle with another fine outing.

He said: “It was an incredible goal. Jack has got that in his locker, he is such a special player. He stepped up today and produced an incredible goal.

“I was pretty much right behind it and had a lovely view. He started it quite a bit outside the far post and it came back in and thankfully it found the top corner.

“He is massive for us. You do notice the difference when he is not in the team. He is that good a player.

“On his day he can win the game single-handedly for us. We have got to keep him fit because he is a massive part of our team. Long may his form continue.”

Matt Maher

By Matt Maher

Chief sports writer for the Express & Star.

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