MacDonald confident Aston Villa can avoid the drop

Aston Villa's caretaker manager Kevin MacDonald is confident that his side can avoid the drop this season.

MacDonald insists that incoming boss Remi Garde is inheriting a group of players with a great desire to work.

Villa lost 3-1 at Tottenham on Monday and remain bottom of the Premier League table.

“If you look at the game as a whole, for the new manager, the shift that the players put in over the course of the 90 minutes – he’s got something to work with,” said MacDonald.

“They’ve got a great desire to work, work, and work. They need to utilise their knowledge a little bit better, they need to take care of the ball a bit better.

“Obviously Remi with his experience of having played with Arsenal and with the work he’s done at Lyon, I’m sure he’ll be reiterating that as well.”