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Barisic set to snub Villa as Man Utd fans send Gerrard FA Cup message


Welcome to BirminghamLive’s coverage of all things Aston Villa on Tuesday, December 7.

Borna burn

Steven Gerrard is reportedly set to be snubbed by Rangers full-back Borna Barisic.

Barisic, report BirminghamLive’s colleagues at the Daily Star, has decided that his future lies at Ibrox.

The 29 year-old is said to be happy at Rangers and does not want to move clubs when the January transfer window opens in the New Year.

He had previously been mentioned among the players who could follow Gerrard to Villa with the former Rangers oss himself swapping Glasgow for the Midlands last month when he replaced the acked Dean Smith.

Ryan Kent, Connor Goldson, Glen Kamara and Barisic have all been tipped to make the move to Villa and reunite with Gerrard, who steered them to an unbeaten Scottish Premiership title last season.

Barisic was quizzed about his future in an interview in his homeland of Croatia back in May and addressed talk of a potential move to the Premier League or beyond.

“Of course, far be it for me to say no,” he responded to a question about playing in one of Europe’s ‘big five’ Leagues.

“But I can’t comment on anything, I have a contract for another two-and-a-half years, we will see what the future will bring.”

“That club is unique. When it creeps into your heart it stays there forever. I can just say I love Rangers. Honestly.

Embarrassed

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel revealed he suffered a hand injury during his side’s clash with Villa on Sunday.

City lost 2-1 at Villa Park with the hosts having Ezri Konsa to thank for netting a brace but Jacob Ramsey might have thought himself unlucky not to have been on the scoresheet himself.

Referee Michael Oliver disallowed his goal because the City goalkeeper, by having a hand on the ball which was on the floor, was deemed to be in control.

Villa fans were furious at the decision and City supporters felt they had got away with one.

Villa supporters inside the ground chanted at Schmeichel as they made their feelings known about the controversial call.

After the game Schmeichel claimed that he may have to go for an X-ray on his hand.

Villa fans piled in after Schmeichel’s interview and had their say on social media.

“Not sure how he made it through the game,” said one supporter sarcastically, while another added: “Interesting that Schmeichel’s view is that it was a flat out foul, for what exactly?”

“Schmeichel embarrassed himself in that interview,” a third fan said.

Take three

Manchester United fans are experiencing a sense of deja vu following tonight’s FA Cup draw.

The Red Devils were once again paired with Aston Villa – a team which has already won at Old Trafford this season.

It’s the fifth time the clubs have been drawn together in the last 20 years but not only that.

Villa are now managed by Steven Gerrard, who not only turned United down as a youngster but went on enjoy success against them through his playing days.

He twice celebrated goals for Liverpool by kissing the camera at Old Trafford, in 2009 and then five years later after scoring two penalties in 2014.

And United fans haven’t forgotten.

Trez back

Trezeguet returned to an Aston Villa line-up for the first time since his horrific knee injury in April against Liverpool.

Trezeguet suffered a cruciate ligament injury in the Premier League fixture and just eight months later made his return to action in this under 23 game.

He played 60 minutes in total, until he was replaced by Declan Frith. Upon his exit from the game, the team as a whole lost all momentum going forward and this was a credit to the Egyptians influence on the game.

Villa struggled initially in the game and this therefore led to Trezeguet dropping deeper to get himself on the ball and driving at defenders. When he did eventually get the ball, his quality was clearly showcased. From his neat flicks and link up play with whoever was around him, to his darting runs behind the defence to threaten on goal, he was fantastic.

He was displaying the same fitness levels fans are so familiar with seeing, he was hounding players relentlessly and reaped the rewards on several occasions as he intercepted the ball and triggered counterattacks for the hosts.

When Keinan Davis was brought down by Archie Matthews in goal, Trezeguet stepped up and calmly slotted his effort into the bottom corner to fire his team into the lead once again.

Law man

Danny Murphy has called for a change to the laws of football after Aston Villa’s Jacob Ramsey was robbed of a goal.

The young midfielder thought he had scored in Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Leicester City when he reacted to a loose ball in the Foxes’ penalty area.

He rammed it past Kasper Schmeichel only for referee Michael Oliver to rule – correctly in the opinion of Dermot Gallagher – that the Villa youngster had fouled the Leicester goalkeeper.

Speaking on talkSPORT Murphy expressed his sympathies – although he did describe the decision to broadcast the incident on the screen inside Villa Park as ‘cheeky’.

The pundit said: “”It’s one of those laws that once it happens people don’t really understand or know. When an incident happens and you have to get clarity on it you kind of go ‘the law’s an ass’.

Ref justice

Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher says Michael Oliver was right to disallow Jacob Ramsey’s ‘goal’ in Aston Villa’s victory over Leicester City.

The midfielder pounced on a loose ball to fire home after Kasper Schmeichel had attempted to gather from Matty Cash‘s header.

Replays showed Schmeichel had a hand on the ball as Ramsey challenged for it – the key word being ‘challenged’, exactly when Ramsey tried to gain possession being the main point.

“The law says if Schmeichel has his hand on the ball whilst it’s on the ground he can’t be challenged,” Gallagher told Sky Sports.

“People argue he’s lost the ball afterwards, what you would say is when he has got his hand on the ball – that’s when Ramsey challenges him.

“When you look at it yesterday and you know the law you have to give a foul there. We can look at things through magnifying glasses and everything but in law, the VAR was correct.

“What it does show is however you interpret it the referee was going to get a good kicking here wasn’t he because if he given the goal you would have been showing me the hands on the ball and saying ‘Why is that not a free kick?’”

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