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Coutinho nets as Villa roar back to draw with Manchester United

Philippe Coutinho scored on his Aston Villa debut as his new club came roaring back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Manchester United.

Ralf Rangnick’s side looked to be cruising with 13 minutes remaining after two Bruno Fernandes goals but Jacob Ramsey and Coutinho, who sprung from the bench with 20 minutes to go having joined on loan from Barcelona in midweek, created a famous comeback at Villa Park.

“I missed these games, I missed the Premier League,” Coutinho told Sky Sports.

His manager Steven Gerrard added: “You don’t lose talent. The key thing for Phil is he needs to be smiling and enjoying his football. Anyone who goes to work who isn’t in a positive place it’s difficult to perform and be at your best.”

Despite being without Cristiano Ronaldo due to a hip injury, United started with great intent and Fernandes gave them the lead after his tame strike from range somehow bobbled through the legs of Emiliano Martinez.

The game looked safe for the visitors when Fernandes finished in ruthless style after a misplaced pass from Morgan Sanson had allowed United to break. However, they couldn’t see the game through as Ramsey got the Villa Park crowd rocking with a well-taken finish with 13 minutes left.

Just five minutes later, Villa were level when Coutinho was on hand to strike from close range after a brilliant assist from Ramsey.

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