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'Villa will still make top four'

Diogo Dalot battles with Ollie Watkins
Diogo Dalot battles with Ollie Watkins

Aston Villa have now lost three home games in a row in the Premier League and FA Cup but I still believe they will finish in the top four - there is no chance that their season will just fizzle out.

Sunday's last-gasp defeat by Manchester United will hurt, of course. It was an especially big blow psychologically, because a draw would have maintained the eight-point gap between the two clubs.

Not only that, it was the second time in the space of a few weeks that Villa have dominated against United for long spells and been beaten. After losing another thrilling game 3-2 at Old Trafford in December, Villa have now seen six points go to a direct rival for a Champions League spot.

It is a setback, but I have been following Villa closely all season after spending time with their squad in the United States during the Premier League Summer Series in July, and I am confident they will respond.

With the organisation I have seen from Unai Emery - his game plan, and the tactical tweaks he makes during games - I still think they will have enough.

Read more of Stephen Warnock's analysis on Aston Villa here