Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa can take plenty of positives from defeat to Manchester City

Steven Gerrard is a born winner – that, we can all agree on.

Losing will never suffice for the man who won two FA Cups, a UEFA Cup and a Champions League (amongst other titles) as a player for Liverpool and, of course, the Scottish Premiership with Rangers last season.

That attitude has clearly been transferred into his newest role as Aston Villa head coach, where he began by winning his first two outings – a 2-0 win over Brighton before beating Crystal Palace 2-1.

While those two fixtures presented sturdy tests against teams Villa need to be pulling ahead of if they’re to progress under their new boss (tests which he passed), his third outing was against a different beast altogether.

Against an irrepressible Manchester City – who evidently have serious ambitions of finally achieving a Premier League and Champions League double – there was little expectation of Gerrard becoming the first Villa boss in history to win his first three games in charge.


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