Manchester United made it five wins out of five with the 3-1 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon. The goals coming from Ander Herrera (2) and Wayne Rooney. Christian Beneteke got what turned out to be nothing more than a consolation for Aston Villa. Herrera scoring two goals for the first time for United since joining from Athletic Bilbao in the summer. Wayne Rooney scored his 185 Premier League, only Andy Cole (187) and Alan Shearer (260) have found the net more times than Rooney in the Premier League. Louis Van Gaal only made once change from the United team that started against Liverpool, with Rojo coming in for the ill Smalling. Di Maria and Falcao had to settle for a place on the bench yet again.
Manchester United once again played some good football but it looked like they may struggle to make the breakthrough before half-time. Aston Villa approach to this game was to sit back and invite United onto them and attempt to break up their attacks and hit United on the break, using the pace they have at their disposal. The opening goal finally came for Manchester United in the 43rd minute through Herrera’s first goal of the game. Fellaini, Young and Blind combined well down the left hand side, with Young playing in Blind. Blind then layed the ball back to Herrera, he took a touch before drilling the ball past Brad Guzan in the Villa goal.
The second-half went the same as the first-half, with United dominating possession and looking to build on the lead Herrera had given them just before half-time. The second goal finally came in the 79th minute through Rooney who finished superbly after being played in by substitute Angel Di Maria. Di Maria had entered the game in the 70th minute, replacing Ashley Young. Di Maria played the ball into Rooney and he superbly controlled the pass, spun fired the ball into the roof of the Aston Villa net. Villa made it 2-1 through Beneteke minutes later after Villa had won a corner and Beneteke got himself on the end of ball into the box and finished well to make it a nervy finish for United.
United sealed the win in the dying minutes of the game as Ander Herrera struck his second goal of the game, after Villa had pulled the goal back. You would expect to put the pressure on United and try to get the equaliser but they never threatened the United goal. United’s third goal came as Rooney and Mata both challenged Delph for the ball, with Rooney taking the ball of Delph. I think Villa fans would be right in thinking their team should have had a free-kick as Mata seem to trip Delph. Rooney then layed the ball off to Mata, who then played the ball into Herrera, who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom of the Villa net.
The win for United means they strengthened their position in the top four of the Premier League, moving up to 3rd place in the league and moving above Manchester City. With City playing against Crystal Palace on Monday night. Also with Liverpool and Southampton both losing their games yesterday. It means they are now eight points clear of Liverpool and nine points in front of Southampton. With seven games to play for United how high can Manchester United finish this season?
Manchester United Remaining Fixtures
12th April Manchester City (H)
18th April Chelsea (A)
26th April Everton (A)
2nd May West Brom (H)
9th May Crystal Palace (A)
17th May Arsenal (H)
24th May Hull City (A)
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