Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Paul Pogba on target in comfortable win for Champions League chasers as strugglers are dealt blow in survival fight
- Manchester United brushed aside Aston Villa and continued their late-season push for the top four spots
- Bruno Fernandes netted the opener for United from the penalty spot after Ezri Konsa’s challenge on the star
- United doubled their lead before half-time when Mason Greenwood crashed home from the edge of the box
- Paul Pogba boosted United’s hopes of a top four spot after firing beyond Pepe Reina from the edge of the box
Manchester United brushed aside struggling Aston Villa to strengthen their bid for the Champions League spots.
Bruno Fernandes brought an end to a vibrant start from the struggling hosts after winning a controversial penalty from Ezri Konsa’s challenge. The Aston Villa defender was judged to have clattered into the playmaker just inside the area, and Fernandes duly buried the chance from 12 yards.
United doubled their lead before half-time, and moved closer to the top four spots, when Mason Greenwood crashed home from the edge of the box. The in-form youngster cut inside on his right foot and ripped his effort beyond Pepe Reina.
Paul Pogba added further gloss to the scoreline after tucking in a neat effort from outside the box, further denting Villa’s hopes of preserving their Premier League status.
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Manchester United clinched a crucial victory against relegation-threatened Aston Villa to continue their European charge
Mason Greenwood was on target for United once again after drilling low beyond Pepe Reina from the edge of the penalty area
The in-form starlet helped double the visitors’ lead before the break and placed United in cruise control for the second half
Greenwood was mobbed by his team-mates as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men extended their unbeaten streak to 17 games
Aston Villa: Reina; Konsa, Hause, Mings, Taylor; El Ghazi (Hourihane 59), Luiz (Vassilev 84), McGinn (Nakamba 59), Trezeguet; Grealish; Samatta (Davis 59)
Subs not used: Lansbury, Jota, Guilbert, Nyland, Elmohamady
Booked: Konsa, Nakamba
Manager: Dean Smith
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka (Williams 66), Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw; Pogba, Matic (McTominay 66); Greenwood (James 80), Fernandes (Fred 71), Rashford; Martial (Ighalo 79)
Subs not used: Bailly, Mata, Pereira, Romero
Goals: Fernandes 27, Greenwood 45+5, Pogba 58
Booked: Matic, Wan-Bissaka
Manager: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Paul Pogba tucked in United’s third of the evening, and his first of the restart, from the edge of the box and celebrated wildly
The French superstar, who may reportedly pen a new deal at United, was teed up by Bruno Fernandes and coolly converted
The three points sees United move one point behind Leicester as the hunt for Champions League football comes to an end
Fernandes netted the opening goal from the penalty spot as United edged ever closer to the Champions League places
The United playmaker was judged to have been clattered into by Ezri Konsa and the controversial spot kick was awarded
Douglas Luiz’s free-kick from the edge of the penalty area was blocked by the United wall in the tight first half at Villa Park
Tyrone Mings challenged Bruno Fernandes in the air as hosts Villa continued to stand firm in their battle to avoid the drop
Greenwood, who would later go on to score again, had seen his effort inside the penalty area crowded out in the first half
Anthony Martial looked to hold off Kourtney Hause at Villa Park as the hosts aimed for a crucial win in their fight for survival
Nemanja Matic was handed another start for United after penning a new deal and helped prevent Villa from taking the lead
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