After their final game against Wolves in 2020 which ended in their favour and made them second on the league standings, the Red Devils went against Aston Villa on New year day to try to push their luck and go up top with Liverpool.
Aston Villa has proven to be a tough competition this season, as they have also has an impressive run since the season began, staying in the top half positions on the table.
Ole Gunnan Solskajer’s men started out the stronger team, as Anthony Martial’s shot was wonderfully saved by Argentine goalkeeper, Martinez in the 11th minute. After close to thirty minutes of thrilling play, Martial put the Red Devils in front with a diving header from Wan Bissaka’s cross, after a quick counter-attack from United five minutes before halftime.
Villa tried to press in the second half when McGinn’s volley was saved by United’s notable keeper, De Gea. Their reward came in the 58th minute when Adam Traore put them back in the game from JAck Grealish low cross.
Rashford and Wan Bissaka had their moments when beautiful passes were made between them and then, the ball reached Pogba who finally passes it to Fred to shoot. But Fred couldn’t fimd the back of the net as he placed the ball over the bar.
Bruno Fernandez restored the lead for United in the 61st minute, when he converted a beautful penalty to goal, after Pogba was fouled in the box. Later on, he tried a shot at Villa, but, it went slightly off target. During the concluding stages, both team goalkeepers made a couple of saves to keep the scoreline from getting wider and making sure the game is not levelled.
United claimed all three points on New year’s day to be joint-top of the table leaders with Liverpool. United hasn’t won the league title for a while now. At the moment, they are on the right track if they want to become league leaders. It was a thrilling match.
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