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Brad Guzan and Aston Villa lose to Manchester United, seal relegation

What now?

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After losing to Manchester United, 1-0, at Old Trafford, Aston Villa is being relegated to the Championship.

Marcus Rashford received a centering pass from Antonio Valencia and beat Brad Guzan in the 32nd minute for the match's only goal.

(via r/soccer)

Villa, currently on a nine match losing streak, is out of the top level of English soccer for the first time since 1987. It's been a historically bad season for the Birmingham-based club, who have earned a pitiful 16 points through 34 rounds and claim a -42 goal differential.

How ugly has this year been at Villa Park? The club cancelled their annual Player of the Year Awards claiming, "Our supporters will understand."

If you're reading this website, you're probably interested in Brad Guzan's future with the club.

For all intents and purposes, Aston Villa is a mess and is going to remain a mess for a very long time. It's been a tough year for Guzan between his Gold Cup gaffes, his less than stellar play in England, and losing his permanent starting spot on the national team to a returning Tim Howard (they're currently alternating starts).

I can't pretend to know Aston Villa's future roster plans or Guzan's contract situation, but I think a change of scenery is needed. Move somewhere else -- even if it's a Championship side, although staying in the Premier League or another country's top-flight would be preferable -- and earn the starting job. Find a new club, somewhere he can be like Stella and get his groove back.

Tim Howard is 37-years old and on the downward slope of his career, so even if regains some of his former luster and explosiveness, he shouldn't be the number one at the Copa America Centenario, the 2017 Gold Cup, or the 2018 World Cup. It's Guzan's job and a new club could be the confidence booster he needs.

Should Guzan leave Aston Villa or should he stay? Let us know in the comment section.