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Man Utd comeback at Aston Villa keeps City waiting on title


Bruno Fernades equalised for Manchester United from the penalty spot.
Bruno Fernandes has scored 27 goals for Manchester United in all competitions this season, the most by a Premier League midfielder in a season since Frank Lampard for Chelsea in 2009-10

Manchester United virtually guaranteed a Premier League top-four finish and ensured rivals Manchester City must wait to be crowned champions as they came from behind to beat Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Having sealed their place in the Europa League final despite a 3-2 second-leg defeat by Roma on Thursday, second-half goals from Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and substitute Edinson Cavani ensured Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side require a single point from their remaining four games to secure a Champions League place.

A win for Villa would have sealed the title for leaders City – beaten 2-1 by Chelsea on Saturday – and Bertrand Traore’s emphatic finish into the top corner midway through the first half threatened to do just that.

Emiliano Martinez was equal to attempts from Greenwood and Marcus Rashford as United struggled to respond initially, while Dean Henderson kept out Ollie Watkins’ strike to deny Villa a second before half-time.

United levelled shortly after the restart when Fernandes calmly slotted in a penalty after Douglas Luiz needlessly fouled Paul Pogba, and Greenwood completed a four-minute turnaround when his low strike found the bottom corner.

A VAR check for handball against Greenwood was dismissed after Luiz headed the ball onto the arm of the United forward and the visitors successfully resisted late Villa pressure despite the loss of captain Harry Maguire to injury before Cavani confirmed victory in the closing stages.

In a frantic finale, Villa forward Watkins also received a red card for a second booking for simulation when under pressure from goalkeeper Henderson.

United are 10 points behind champions-elect City but will have the chance to move within four points as they face Leicester and Liverpool before the leaders next play.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Aston Villa

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Martínez
  • 2Cash
  • 4Konsa
  • 5Mings
  • 18Targett
  • 7McGinnBooked at 79mins
  • 6Douglas LuizSubstituted forRamseyat 65′minutes
  • 15Traoré
  • 20BarkleySubstituted forDavisat 77′minutes
  • 21El GhaziSubstituted forWesleyat 77′minutes
  • 11WatkinsBooked at 89mins

Substitutes

  • 1Heaton
  • 9Wesley
  • 19Nakamba
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 30Hause
  • 39Davis
  • 41Ramsey
  • 52Philogene-Bidace
  • 60Chukwuemeka

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 26Henderson
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 2Lindelöf
  • 5MaguireBooked at 67minsSubstituted forBaillyat 78′minutes
  • 23Shaw
  • 39McTominay
  • 17Fred
  • 11GreenwoodSubstituted forCavaniat 65′minutes
  • 18Bruno FernandesSubstituted forMaticat 86′minutes
  • 6Pogba
  • 10Rashford

Substitutes

  • 1de Gea
  • 3Bailly
  • 7Cavani
  • 8Mata
  • 27Telles
  • 31Matic
  • 33Williams
  • 34van de Beek
  • 38Tuanzebe

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Aston Villa

  1. Squad number26Player nameMartínez

  2. Squad number2Player nameCash

  3. Squad number4Player nameKonsa

  4. Squad number5Player nameMings

  5. Squad number18Player nameTargett

  6. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

  7. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

  8. Squad number15Player nameTraoré

  9. Squad number20Player nameBarkley

  10. Squad number21Player nameEl Ghazi

  11. Squad number11Player nameWatkins

  1. Squad number9Player nameWesley

  2. Squad number39Player nameDavis

  3. Squad number41Player nameRamsey

Manchester United

  1. Squad number3Player nameBailly
  2. Squad number7Player nameCavani
  3. Squad number31Player nameMatic





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