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11th Jan 2022

Steven Gerrard trolls Man Utd fans after Aston Villa FA Cup defeat

Callum Boyle

‘I have been to noisier stadiums than this’

Steven Gerrard joked that the reaction he received from Manchester United fans at Old Trafford wasn’t all that intimidating.

The Aston Villa boss was subjected to several boos and jeers as he emerged from the tunnel on Monday night to watch his Aston Villa side lose to a first-half Scott McTominay header in the third round of the FA Cup.

However the former the Liverpool captain didn’t seem phased and had been spotted turning around to embrace the hostile atmosphere he received, displaying a wry smile.

After the game, the Villa boss was asked about his thoughts on the atmosphere, in which he chose to aim a subtle dig at the reception he received from the Old Trafford crowd.

“Relatively quiet! I have been to noisier stadiums than this,” he claimed.

“It was a good cup tie, a good atmosphere but in terms of what I got, water off a duck’s back.”

Villa were the subject of VAR controversy after Danny Ings’ equaliser was ruled out following a lengthy delay initially looking at a suspected offside, however it was eventually disallowed for Jacob Ramsey’s foul on Edinson Cavani in the build-up.

The disallowed goal ultimately cost the away side the opportunity to take the game to extra-time at least, and Gerrard wasn’t happy with the time it took to make the decision.

“How long have you got?” he said.

“The officials took three and a half minutes to settle that one. They have looked at two or three things in it.

“When VAR is there and they make a decision you have to accept it.

“There is nothing you can do to change it. The easy way out is to blame luck and the officials, we won’t do that.”

Villa and Gerrard will have a second chance to silence the United crowd this weekend when they host Ralf Rangnick’s side at Villa Park on Saturday.

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