Marc Albrighton admits it was a shock to discover he was back in the Villa XI - but now he's raring for more action in claret and blue.
Albrighton found out he was playing on the morning of the game, after it emerged Chris Herd had been ruled out with a facial injury.
The flying winger said there were no nerves - just excitement - as he donned his favourite top again and performed admirably against champions Man Utd.
Now he hopes to make an impact with a glut of games coming up over the festive period.
He said: "It was bittersweet for me - but more bitter because you certainly don't want to come back for a game where you lose 3-0.
"But from a personal perspective, it was good to play football again.
"I found out I was playing when I got in the dressing room. It was a shock but sometimes that's a good thing because you're not overanalysing things.
"As soon as the manager told me, I was looking forward to it and ready.
"For the first 10-15 minutes we started well, we were on the front foot and had a few shots.
"We looked the better side. But it seemed as soon as they scored we deflated. We can't do that against a team like Man Utd.
"Going in 2-0 down at half-time, we still felt if we got the next goal that we could go on and get something out of the game.
"They scored after half-time and we never got going after that.
"We now want to go again and get another game and put this game right. We are certainly looking forward the festive period of games."
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