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MANCHESTER UNITED beat high-flying Aston Villa in the Premier League.

The Red Devils won 2-1 thanks to Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes' goals either side of half-time which cancelled out Bertrand Traore's equaliser at Old Trafford.

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  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING UNITED FANS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men managed to beat high-flyers Aston Villa 2-1 last night, thanks to goals from Anthony Martial and Bruno Fernandes.

    Martial handed United the lead JUST before half-time, but Villa would strike back not long into the second half with Bertrand Traore scoring the equaliser.

    It didn’t take United long to reclaim the lead, Paul Pogba invited a challenge from Douglas Luiz winning a penalty and Fernandes stepped up and placed the ball into the bottom-left corner. 

    Both United and Villa observed a minute's silence ahead of the game in memory of Tommy Docherty, who managed both clubs.

    Docherty won the FA Cup with United back in 1977.

    Elsewhere, Brighton could end Sergio Romero’s Man United nightmare with a January transfer.

    The club are looking to bring in another keeper after telling former No1 Mat Ryan he is free to go.

    United and Arsenal could face stiff competition in the pursuit for Real Madrid midfielder Isco, according to AS.

    The report states that United are keeping an eye on the Spaniard, but Sevilla have entered the race and Isco is keen on a reunion with former coach Julen Lopetegui.

    United have not given up hope in signing Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho, and they believe they can get him for under £100million.

    According to 90Min, United haven't been put off by Sancho's rocky start to the season in which he is yet to score a Bundesliga goal.

    On the contrary, the Red Devils believe that his recent form could help lowering his staggering asking price.

    The Manchester giants tried to bring the star winger over to Old Trafford in the summer but refused to match his £108m release clause due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Joshua Mbu

    TOP TABLE

    A new year and the old Manchester United. One that is a title contender again.

    For the first time since they last lifted the Premier League in 2013 there is a genuine belief they can do it.

    It has taken four managers, 36 players bought, and around £1billion spent to get to this point.

    A place where they once again look like a side that can finish top.

    It is a place they now share with champions Liverpool on points, they are second only on goal difference.

    Read more

  • Joshua Mbu

    OLE SPEAKS

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke after Man United's resilient 2-1 win at home against Aston Villa.

  • Joshua Mbu

    FT: MAN UNITED 2-1 ASTON VILLA

    The final whistle goes at Old Trafford and United defended valiantly to keep hold of all three points.

    Bruno Fernandes' second half penalty was enough to cancel out Bertrand Traore's equaliser.

    Villa continue to impress this season, they didn't go down with a fight!

  • Joshua Mbu

    MAN UTD 2-1 ASTON VILLA

    75. Grealish gets his cross wrong as he tries to pick out El Ghazi at the far post.

    Meanwhile, if you're wondering – and I know you are – Manchester United have been awarded 27 penalties since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's first game in charge, seven more than any other Premier League team.

  • Joshua Mbu

    FRESH START

    Brighton are interested in signing Man United outcast Sergio Romero, according to reports.

    As reported by the Daily Mail, Brighton want to bring Romero to the south coast after telling Mat Ryan he is free to go.

    The Argentine has not made any of the match day squads this season with Dean Henderson taking the No2 spot since returning from his loan spell at Sheffield United last season.

    Romero's wife famously took to Instagram to express her displeasure with the club not allowing him to leave in the summer.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    GOAL: MAN UNITED 2-1 ASTON VILLA

    60. And just like that United are back in front.

    Pogba wins a penalty off Luiz, and Fernandes tucks it into the bottom-left corner!

    It's heating up at Old Trafford, follow along with out dedicated live match blog.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    GOAL: MAN UNITED 1-1 ASTON VILLA

    57. Well, well, well! Traore gets the equaliser for Aston Villa.

    Villa have the equaliser they deserve!

    A quick free-kick on the left catches out Aaron Wan-Bissaka, allowing Jack Grealish to travel into the United box unchallenged.

  • Joshua Mbu

    MAN UTD 1-0 ASTON VILLA

    46. Jack Grealish gets the game back underway in his own nonchalant fashion.

    There are no half-time changes to report so here's a reminder that United need another eight goals to go top tonight.

  • Joshua Mbu

    HT: MAN UTD 1-0 ASTON VILLA

    Villa have competed well, but trail at the break due to Anthony Martial's header. The striker scored only his second Premier League goal of the season late in the first half after Tyrone Mings has missed his chance to clear.

  • Joshua Mbu

    GOAL: MAN UNITED 1-0 ASTON VILLA

    40. Martial heads United ahead JUST before half-time!

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka takes advantage of some rare slack play in the Villa midfield to burst down the right flank.

    His centre from the touchline isn't awful, but it should be dealt with comfortably by Tyrone Mings.

    However, the centre-back fails to get a meaningful head on the ball, and that allows Anthony Martial to steer in his own header from five yards.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    MAN UTD 0-0 ASTON VILLA

    25. This isn't quite as impressive from the visitors.

    Villa defenders back off and back off, allowing Rashford to run unchallenged into the box.

    Mings makes up for the lapse with a solid block on the eventual shot, but the back four have allowed themselves to be pulled out of position.

    It means nobody is on Pogba when the ball is laid back to him, and there is a collective sigh of relief when the United midfielder swings his effort wide.

  • Joshua Mbu

    MAN UTD 0-0 ASTON VILLA

    9. A United counter attack looks on when Cash gets caught out on the far touchline, but the visitors manage to drop back quickly into position to prevent any further danger.

    Villa's shape has shades of Wolves here on Tuesday, but United's passing is already much better this evening.

  • Joshua Mbu

    REST IN PEACE

    Man United and Aston Villa participated in a minutes silence for Tommy Docherty, who managed both clubs.

  • Joshua Mbu

    MAN UTD 0-0 ASTON VILLA

    1. Both sets of players take the knee and then Bruno Fernandes gets the action underway.

    United are in their traditional red and white while Villa wear black with a claret trim.

  • Joshua Mbu

    HERE COME THE TEAMS

    Both teams are making their way out onto the pitch ahead of kick-off!

    If you can't watch the game, you can follow along without our dedicated live match blog. Kick-off is moments away.

    Man United vs Aston Villa live match blog

  • Joshua Mbu

    SOLSKJAER SPEAKS

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been discussing tonight's match while also reflecting on the passing of Tommy Docherty and the news of Edinson Cavani's three-match ban for a social media post.

    "It’s a sad day for everyone. I remember Tommy fondly, and him winning the FA Cup in 1977 against Liverpool.

    "When the charge came through, we expected Edinson to get a ban. One thing is for sure, he’s not a racist. There was no malice in what he wrote and his words were taken out of context. He accepts, we accept it and we want to move on.

    "[Aston Villa present] many challenges. They’re very well defensively set up so we’ll need to play quick and be bright to create openings.

    "Their counter attacking with the front four and two quick full-backs are always going to be a threat, and physically from set plays they’re going to cause you trouble."

  • Joshua Mbu

    NEW YEAR TRADITION

    With 35 victories, Manchester United have won more games on New Year’s Day than any other side in the history of the English Football League.

    At 61%, the Red Devils also have the highest win rate of all teams to have played at least ten games on January 1st.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ASTON VILLA XI

    26 Martinez, 2 Cash, 4 Konsa, 5 Mings, 18 Targett, 7 McGinn, 8 Luiz, 15 Traore, 10 Grealish (c), 21 El Ghazi, 11 Watkins

    BENCH: 1 Heaton, 3 Taylor, 14 Hourihane, 19 Nakamba, 24 Guilbert, 27 El Mohamady, 30 Hause, 39 Davis, 41 Ramsey.

    Follow along here

  • Joshua Mbu

    MAN UNITED XI

    1 De Gea, 29 Wan-Bissaka, 3 Bailly, 5 Maguire (c), 23 Shaw, 39 McTominay, 17 Fred, 6 Pogba, 18 Fernandes, 10 Rashford, 9 Martial.

    BENCH: 26 Henderson, 8 Mata, 11 Greenwood, 14 Lingard, 21 James, 27 Telles, 31 Matic, 34 Van de Beek, 38 Tuanzebe.

  • Joshua Mbu

    THE TEAM SHEETS ARE IN!

  • Joshua Mbu

    ONE TO WATCH

    Twenty-twenty was an incredible year for Marcus Rashford as the Manchester United forward proved himself to be an inspiration on and off the pitch.

    While winning the hearts of a nation for his work fighting child poverty, he’s also been making a habit of winning points for his side with important late goals.

    He was at it again on Tuesday, somehow finding a way through Wolverhampton Wanderers when all else had failed.

    His stoppage time match-winner was his fifth goal in six Premier League games and 14th for the season in all competitions.

    In a rich vein of form, the England international’s pace and energy has become the perfect foil for Bruno Fernandes’ brilliance.

  • Joshua Mbu

    HERE WE GO

    Our match blog is LIVE! Follow along for all the latest pre-match build-up.

    Manchester United vs Aston Villa live match blog

  • Joshua Mbu

    FRESH START

    Old Trafford is looking fresh for United's opening game of 2021! They host high-flyers Aston Villa and kick-off is at 8PM.

    We will have a dedicated live match blog for the game tonight so if you can't watch it, be sure to follow along.

  • Joshua Mbu

    LEAVING A MARC

    Forward Marcus Rashford wants end United's trophy-less spell.

    Speaking to the club official website, Rashford said: "The platform has been there for a while and in this last year we’ve taken greater steps forward which is obviously a positive for us.

     “We missed out on winning some trophies, losing in the semi-finals and that’s what we need to correct in the coming year and make sure we get over the line and win trophies.

    “That’s the next thing for us to do as a team then it’s about doing it consistently and being able to repeat it back-to-back which is more difficult than getting it the first time.

    “We’ve still got a long journey ahead of us, but at the moment we’re in a good place and we’re concentrating on ourselves and our team and just trying to improve ourselves in each game.”

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