Manchester United came back from a goal down to beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Villa Park, which means Manchester City should hold back to be crowned the Premier League champions.
City actually needed three points themselves, or for United to drop three points, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s group made it 31 points from losing positions, more than any of the Premier League sides.
Villa started well as Bertrand Traore transformed and delivered a fine exertion into the top corner (24), however inquiries will be posed of Victor Lindelof’s defending abilities.
Be that as it may, United, playing the first of three games in quite a while, retaliated in the second half through Bruno Fernandes’ penalty after Douglas Luiz had cumbersomely fouled Paul Pogba (52), preceding Mason Greenwood tracked down the base right corner with a fine turn and finish (56).
Yet, without precedent for his 72 league appearances for United, Harry Maguire didn’t finish an hour and a half, constrained off with a lower leg injury in what will be a worry for Solskjaer’s side in front of a pressed timetable, and for England in front of Euro 2020. Solskjaer said after the game the defender’s injury will be surveyed, and “may be half a month, may be a couple of days.”
Substitute Edinson Cavani wrapped up the points with a tasteful header in the 87th minute while Ollie Watkins saw red for two yellows.
The outcome implies United are presently unbeaten in 25 away games, two short of Arsenal’s record from 2003 to 2004, while Villa are eleventh, six points off the main seven yet with a game in hand.
Much has been made of United’s timetable, however Solskjaer handled a solid side at Villa Park, where they have not lost in the Premier League since 1995.
Luke Shaw had the opportunity of the left flank almost immediately as Villa battled to monitor the United wing-back, who stung the hands of Emi Martinez with a shot from a point.
Only minutes after Greenwood’s miscued shot nearly fell into the path of Marcus Rashford, holding up at the back post to change over, Villa started to lead the pack with their first opening.
John McGinn separated play sublimely high up the pitch, allowing Luiz to take care of Traore, who turned Lindelof in the container and terminated a heavenly left-footed exertion into the upper right corner from a troublesome point. Lindelof, nonetheless, ought to have at first cleared the ball as Traore’s transform fell into his way.
Greenwood saw his own work from a tight point parried by Martinez, while Watkins constrained a decent prevent from Dean Henderson in first-half stoppage time, yet United, who have scored a bigger number of goals than some other Premier League side in the subsequent half, ventured it up after the break.
They were given the leveler on a plate as Luiz kicked through Pogba trying to get the ball, pointless with his back to goal, however portrayed as a “wretched” choice by Villa manager Dean Smith. Chris Kavanagh gave it, inciting Fernandes to smoothly change over the penalty, his 27th goal in all competitions this season and the record-breaking 113th penalty taken in the Premier League this term.
After four minutes United went on as Aaron Wan-Bissaka discovered Greenwood with his back to goal. With Tyrone Mings on his back, the youngster turned well, and tracked down the base corner past Martinez from right inside the box, making the 19-year-old the top-scoring teen for United in the Premier League, in front of Wayne Rooney (16 to 15).
Henderson at that point did well to deny Traore’s close post exertion, while Villa had an interest for a handball on Greenwood turned down following a VAR check, before Maguire was carried off with a lower leg injury following an impact with Anwar El Ghazi.
United ensured the win through substitute Cavani with three minutes remaining, stumbling into the Villa guard to manage Rashford’s penetrated conveyance into the furthest corner with class.
Manor’s evening was aggravated as striker Watkins saw red briefly yellow, going down nearby subsequent to slipping past Henderson, with official Kavanagh considering it a jump.
Man Utd’s hectic timetable proceeds with a home fixture against Leicester on Tuesday at 6pm, prior to facilitating Liverpool in their improved fixture on Thursday.