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Aston Villa 1-3 Manchester United: Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani put City’s title celebrations on hold as Watkins sees red

Manchester United record a 3-1 comeback win over Aston Villa in their Premier League clash at Villa Park.

The goal rather summed up United’s first-half shortcomings as Mason Greenwood and Fred both gave the ball away close to their own penalty box.

John McGinn played the ball to Douglas Luiz who shifted it quickly into the feet of Bertrand Traore as he put the home side ahead with a fine finish, but the Red Devils responded in the second half.

The visitors first goal came from the penalty spot in the 52nd minute.

Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot his 27th goal in all competitions this season.

Douglas Luiz had already caused Paul Pogba to stumble once as the Frenchman held him off inside the box, and then sent him over again with a clumsy attempt to win the ball from behind.

No sooner were United level than they were going ahead through Greenwood’s 16th league goal for the club.

Wan-Bissaka played the ball into him from the right and Greenwood turned Tyrone Mings far too easily before beating Martinez with a low shot at his near post. Simple but very effective.

Edinson Cavani secured the three points  with a close-range header.

Rashford whipped in a cross at the edge of the six-yard box where Cavani had stolen a yard on Matty Cash and scored with a lovely glancing header.

Ollie Watkins saw red for the Villains in the closing stages.

It got even worse for Villa before the end when Watkins beat Henderson to a throughball and went down in the box.

Referee Chris Kavanagh decided it was a dive, VAR backed him up and the Villa striker was sent off for a second yellow card.

Once again at Villa Park, United were poor before half-time and decidedly better after it.

For the tenth time this season they came from behind to win in the Premier League, making it 31 points gained from losing positions.

It came at a price, however, with captain Harry Maguire forced off in the second half following a collision with Anwar El Ghazi.

Maguire doesn’t leave the action easily so it raises concerns over his fitness for a busy run-in and the Europa League final against Villarreal on May 26.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had expressed his dissastisfaction over having to play four games in eight days – and three Premier League fixtures in the space of five days – at this stage of the season.

The United manager picked a strong line-up here which suggested he will select a weakened team against Leicester on Tuesday and revert to first-choice line-up against Liverpool on Thursday.

‘Of course, I’ve got to think three games,’ said Solskjaer. ‘The mind has just been on this. Every game in its own right is difficult, and we’ll deal with Tuesday and Thursday later on.

I haven’t heard the players moan at all – I’m the one that’s moaning! We should be ready. We don’t want to hand it to City.’

Even so, United’s first-half performance wasn’t that of a team desperate to take the title race as far as they could.

United are next in action against Leicester City at home on Tuesday. Villa take on Everton in their next outing on Thursday at Villa Park.


John NM
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