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Man United see off stubborn Villa to go joint-top

Man United see off stubborn Villa to go joint-top. Premier League, Manchester United 2-1 Aston Villa.

Bruno Fernandes last missed from spot-kick a year ago

Four wins in last five Premier League games have helped Manchester United to go level on points with leaders Liverpool.

After getting a late winner against Wolves in mid-week, Ole’s men were up against an in-form Villa side, who were sitting fifth in the table before Old Trafford visit. The home side created loads of chances in the opening 30-minutes and the goal finally came with half time not too far away, when Anthony Martial nodded home from Wan-Bissaka’s cross.

Dean Smith’s men looked sharp after the restart and David de Gea, who was brilliant between the sticks, was finally beaten by Bertrand Traore who restored parity from point-blank range.

But three minutes later, United were awarded a penalty after Douglas Luiz pushed Paul Pogba in the dangerous area. Bruno Fernandes then did the rest, beating Emi Martinez with a thunderous strike to restore United’s lead.

However, Villa boss wasn’t happy with Michael Oliver’s decision to award the penalty: “I don't see why Michael couldn't have looked at it. That's what VAR is for isn't it?” Smith told BBC Sport. I thought it was a penalty at the time, but I looked at it after the game and saw he tripped himself. I don't think it's a penalty.”

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