Steven Gerrard joked the abuse he received from Manchester United fans during Aston Villa’s FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford was merely ‘water off a duck’s back.’
The Liverpool legend was back at the Theatre of Dreams with his side Villa as they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat courtesy of Scott McTominay’s first-half header.
Given his allegiances to Liverpool, Gerrard came in for plenty of abuse from the United fans throughout the match as they booed and jeered his every movement on the touchline.
But the Villa boss poked fun at the ‘relatively quiet’ levels of noise he heard from the home supporters.
‘Relatively quiet! I have been to noisier stadiums than this,’ he said when asked about the chanting from the home fans.
Villa dominated for large periods of the match and were unlucky not to come away with a victory.
One huge talking point saw Danny Ings’ second-half goal disallowed after a lengthy VAR check deemed Jacob Ramsey had fouled Edinson Cavani in the build up.
‘How long have you got?’ Gerrard replied when asked for his thoughts on the incident.
‘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.’
While Villa missed out on a fourth round clash with Middlesbrough in the next round, they will get the chance to exact revenge on United when they meet again in the Premier League on Saturday.
‘It is quite unique to play a team in the space of five or six days. The players have an opportunity to flip the mood, flip the feeling,’ Gerrard added.
‘I am sure they are frustrated. They played quite well and dominated large arts but with no rewards for the performance so they have an opportunity at Villa Park to straighten that out.
‘I am not disappointed in the performance tonight just disappointed we didn’t take our chances and conceded a sloppy goal.’
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