GOODNIGHT FROM OLD TRAFFORD
A new year, but Manchester United have begun 2021 just how they finished 2020 – by fortuitously beating a West Midlands club at Old Trafford.
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will believe that good luck is earned by hard work, and there can be no faulting the effort that has gone in to United’s current unbeaten run of ten matches in which they have won eight.
Second-place United are now locked together with Liverpool on 33 points at the top of the table, trailing their old foes on goal difference only after 16 games each.
The Red Devils go to Burnley next while Jurgen Klopp’s team travel to Southampton before the pair come together for a north-west derby on January 17. A title six-pointer? Perhaps. A fierce rivalry with even more on the line than usual? Certainly.
Aston Villa, meanwhile, may be downhearted by tonight’s result, but can take heart from yet another good performance in what has so far been a mightily impressive season.
When they last lost to United five months ago, they were staring an immediate return to the Championship in the face. Now they are eyeing up the prospect of European football returning to Villa Park next season.
There’s more live Premier League football to come tomorrow plus an Old Firm derby north of the border so be sure to tune in. Until then, thanks for being with us and goodnight.