Veteran Aston Villa utility player Ashley Young came on as a first half substitute during the Premier League clash with defending champions Manchester City, but he could not do much to salvage at least one point from the game for his team. Ashley Young and Aston Villa were on the receiving end of a 2-1 loss as new manager Steven Gerrard tasted defeat for the first time in the Premier League.
Ashley Young was left on the bench for the City game, but he came on as a substitute for the injured Leon Bailey shortly after the half hour mark. The ex-England international came on four minutes after visitors Manchester City established a 1-0 lead thanks to the long range strike from Ruben Dias in the 27th minute off the assist from Englishman Raheem Sterling.
Manchester City doubled their lead with a world-class goal two minutes from the interval courtesy the in-form Bernardo Silva who has now scored three goals in his last four league outings as the Citizens went into the break with a two-goal advantage.
Aston Villa pulled a goal back two minutes into the second half through central striker Ollie Watkins. The England international beat EdersonMoraes in the City goal with a low shot off the corner kick taken by Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz. Villa could have drawn level on 74 minutes if not for the superb save fromEderson who denied 18-year-old substitute Carny Chukwuemeka from close range. The save from the Brazilian shot stopper ensured that Manchester City left Villa Park with a priceless win in the race for the Premier League title.
Premier League holders Manchester City have now won their last four games in the competition and their last six games in all competitions with the slender away win at the expense of Steven Gerrard and his Villa players.