Steven Gerrard labels Man United crowd ‘relatively quiet’ as he takes jab at Old Trafford reception

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Steven Gerrard insisted he paid no attention to the hostile reception he received from Man United fans.

As expected, the former Liverpool midfielder was met with a chorus of boos as he emerged from the tunnel and had a number of chants directed at him through the match.

But Gerrard played down the situation, and jokingly took a dig at the Old Trafford faithful.

“Relatively quiet. I have been to noisier stadiums than this,” Gerrard said.

“It was a good cup tie, a good atmosphere but in terms of what I got, water off a duck’s back.”

Aston Villa were knocked out of the FA Cup after a 1-0 defeat to United, but they were the better team for much of the match.

Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins both had goals disallowed and the visitors also hit the woodwork, leaving Gerrard frustrated that his team were unable to make the most of their strong display.

“I’m disappointed to go out in the cup, I wanted a real positive run in the competition,” Gerrard said.

“The performance for large periods was very good. We dominated for large periods and created enough to score goals here tonight.

“I’m frustrated. We’re nearly there, but from nearly to being there is a gap. Me and the players need to fill that gap.

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