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Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa: Bruno Fernandes Goal Seals Narrow Win For Red Devils

Bruno Fernandes was the match-winner for Manchester United at Old TraffordBruno Fernandes scored his 100th career league goal to boost Manchester United’s Champions League hopes and end Aston Villa’s 10-match unbeaten run.

Fernandes pounced six minutes before half-time after Emiliano Martinez had turned Marcus Rashford’s shot into his path.

It sealed a deserved victory for the hosts, who had already gone close through Marcel Sabitzer.

United midfielder Casemiro also hit the bar and curled a second-half effort just wide.

However, Ezri Konza nearly scrambled a close-range equaliser from a late corner that had been flicked on at the near post, but the Villa defender was unable to adjust his body position quickly enough to steer the ball goalwards and United were able to clear.

The result ensures United have a healthy advantage on the clubs chasing a top-four spot, with Villa now nine points adrift of the Red Devils having missed the chance to cut the gap to just three points.

Follow Sunday’s Premier League actionHow did you rate Manchester United’s performance? Have your say hereWhat did you make of Aston Villa’s display? Send us your views hereMatch-winner Fernandes reaches centuryFernandes has scored more goals (seven) against Aston Villa than any other team in his Manchester United careerIt is difficult to understate Fernandes’ importance to United.

The Portuguese playmaker’s arrival from Sporting Lisbon in 2020 helped rescue a campaign that was going nowhere and ensured United finished third.

Since then, he has carried so much of his side’s attacking threat, remaining consistent throughout a club career that now extends to 178 games.

Even in this game, he annoyed Villa fans – and some of his own – by going to ground too easily or complaining for non-existent fouls. However, his willingness to play through pain is admirable.

Anyone who saw him limping away from a first-half collision in the FA Cup semi-final with Brighton was surprised he remained on the pitch into extra-time.

That he should start two Premier League games in the week after that says much for the 28-year-old’s resolve.

Fernandes’ 11th goal of the season underlined his desire.

He anticipated the ball could run loose as soon as Rashford went for goal – and when Martinez pushed it straight to the area Fernandes was running into, he was quicker to react than Alex Moreno and finished from an acute angle.

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Manchester UnitedSquad number1Player namede Gea

Squad number20Player nameDiogo Dalot

Squad number2Player nameLindelöf

Squad number23Player nameShaw

Squad number12Player nameMalacia

Squad number18Player nameCasemiro

Squad number8Player nameBruno Fernandes

Squad number15Player nameSabitzer

Squad number14Player nameEriksen

Squad number25Player nameSancho

Squad number10Player nameRashford

Squad number5Player nameMaguire

Squad number9Player nameMartial

Squad number17Player nameFred

Squad number21Player nameAntony

Aston VillaSquad number1Player nameE Martínez

Squad number18Player nameYoung

Squad number4Player nameKonsa

Squad number5Player nameMings

Squad number15Player nameÁlex Moreno

Squad number32Player nameDendoncker

Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

Squad number10Player nameBuendía

Squad number41Player nameJ Ramsey

Squad number11Player nameWatkins

Squad number9Player nameTraoré

Squad number16Player nameChambers

Squad number22Player nameDurán

Squad number27Player nameDigne

Line-upsMan UtdFormation 4-1-4-1

1de Gea

20Dalot2Lindelöf23Shaw12Malacia

18Casemiro

8Bruno Fernandes15Sabitzer14Eriksen25Sancho

10Rashford

1de Gea20Dalot2Lindelöf23Shaw12MalaciaBooked at 90mins18Casemiro8Bruno Fernandes15SabitzerSubstituted forMaguireat 86’minutes14EriksenSubstituted forFredat 76’minutesBooked at 87mins25SanchoSubstituted forAntonyat 76’minutes10RashfordSubstituted forMartialat 86’minutesSubstitutes5Maguire9Martial17Fred21Antony27Weghorst28Pellistri29Wan-Bissaka31Butland33WilliamsAston VillaFormation 4-2-3-1

1E Martínez

18Young4Konsa5Mings15Moreno

32Dendoncker6Douglas Luiz

7McGinn10Buendía41J Ramsey

11Watkins

1E Martínez18YoungSubstituted forChambersat 64’minutes4Konsa5Mings15MorenoSubstituted forDigneat 75’minutes32DendonckerSubstituted forTraoréat 64’minutes6Douglas Luiz7McGinn10BuendíaSubstituted forDuránat 76’minutes41J Ramsey11WatkinsSubstitutes3Santos Silva9Traoré16Chambers22Durán25Olsen27Digne56Revan58O’Reilly72YoungReferee:Jarred Gillett

Attendance:73,592

Live TextMatch ends, Manchester United 1, Aston Villa 0.

Second Half ends, Manchester United 1, Aston Villa 0.

Attempt blocked. Calum Chambers (Aston Villa) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Tyrell Malacia (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Tyrell Malacia (Manchester United).

Bertrand Traoré (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Antony (Manchester United).

Calum Chambers (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jhon Durán (Aston Villa).

Attempt saved. Antony (Manchester United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Anthony Martial.

Foul by Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United).

John McGinn (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Fred (Manchester United) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Tyrell Malacia (Manchester United).

Bertrand Traoré (Aston Villa) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution, Manchester United. Anthony Martial replaces Marcus Rashford.

Substitution, Manchester United. Harry Maguire replaces Marcel Sabitzer.

Luke Shaw (Manchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dangerous play by Calum Chambers (Aston Villa).

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