By Alan Hutton

28th Sep, 2021 | 4:00pm

Hutton thrilled by two 'brilliant' Aston Villa players transformed since Grealish exit

Alan Hutton has suggested Aston Villa are starting to learn to cope without Jack Grealish after beating Manchester United 1-0.

The former Villa star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed the surprise figures of Matty Cash and Matt Targett were among those helping fill the void left by their former talisman.

The Villans have won their last two league games after sealing victory in just one of their opening four matches.

Kortney Hause’s goal sealed the three points at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Hutton admitted Villa were heavily reliant on Grealish last season.

However, he insisted other players, including full-backs Cash and Targett, have helped cover his loss.

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Asked if he had seen a change in the Villa squad since the start of the season, Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Yeah. I think they’ve got a confidence in each other now.

“If you look back to last season it was: ‘Can we get the ball to Jack and he makes something happen?’

“I think other players are starting to come to the fore now. They’re starting to up their game now, starting to take responsibility moving forward. Everything is starting to click.

“I think the formation change has been good for Dean Smith. He’s getting the best out of his players playing three at the back, they look strong.

“Yes, they’re still giving up opportunities but defensively, they do look good. Moving forward, the likes of Cash has been brilliant, Targett has been very good.

“They’re looking teams will now fear them. The biggest thing for them is how confident they are.

“They’re not going to Manchester United with a fear of getting beat. They think they can win, which is brilliant.”

In other news, Paul Robinson left gushing over Aston Villa “genius”.