Two late goals from Jacob Ramsey and debutant Phillipe Coutinho ensured Aston earned a comeback draw against Man United after Bruno Fernandes’ brace had put the Reds ahead.
Villa boss Steven Gerrard handed one of his two signings a starting shirt inLucas Digne but Phillipe Coutinho started from the bench.
Meanwhile Manchester United were without forward Cristiano Ronaldo as the Portuguese striker was out due to a knock. Swedish winger Anthony Elanga got the nod to start instead but there was no place for captain of the side Harry Maguire as well as Jadon Sancho as they started from the bench.
Manchester broke the deadlock inside the first three minutes through Bruno Fernandes.
The Portuguese midfielder was to take an indirect free kick but instead pushed the ball forward before shooting from distance.
Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez thought he had saved the ball but it went through his feet into the goal.
Aston Villa then took to action in search of an equalizer forcing two spectacular saves from United’s goalie David De Gea.
Steven Gerrard’s men who lost 1-0 to United during the week in a FA Cup fixture dominated the second half as Manchester United players were all over.
However, their efforts failed to yield early on as Manchester United struck again through Bruno Fernandes whose shot struck the crossbar on it’s way in after Fred had intercepted Morgan Sanson’s pass.
Aston Villa pulled one back through Jacob Ramsey inside the final fifteen minutes after Fred tried to win the ball off Coutinho in the United box, but instead the ball fell to Jacob Ramsey, who took a touch and fired past De Gea.
Villa added a second less than five minutes after they netted the first as Phillipe Coutinho scored on his return to Premier League football.
Emiliano Buendia’s pass into Jacob Ramsey led to the Villa youngster playing the ball across goal for the former Liverpool player to fire home from close range.
Villa searched for a winner and almost got one through Phillpe Coutinho who was infringed by teammate Jacob Ramsey as he took a shot which went straight to De Gea.
Both sides settled for an entertaining 2-2 draw but Villa were the real winners as Manchester United again passed another chance to make a move for top 4.
United are seventh with 32 points and up next for them is a trip to Brentford in London while Aston Villa are 13th with 23 points and Gerrard will embark on a return to Merseyside but this time it will be at Goodison Park to play struggling Everton.