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- 2nd Half
- El GhaziWesley Moraes78'
- Douglas LuizRamsey65'
- Fernandes (P)52'
- 1st Half
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United just easing their way to victory here. Passing it around the back, a casual retaining of possession as they close the game out.
Six minutes added.
RED CARD! Watkins is off, second yellow, for a blatant dive, looking for the penalty from Henderson.
- GoalEdinson CavaniManchester United
GOAL! Cavani... blocked by Cash... it comes back out to him from Rashford's cross, and what a glancing header!
- OffBruno FernandesManchester United
- OnNemanja MaticManchester United
Matic is on for Fernandes.
Lindelof outmuscled by Davis... Watkins... Wan-Bissaka with the recovery challenge!
McGinn booked for a challenge on Pogba.
- OffHarry MaguireManchester United
- OnEric BaillyManchester United
Bailly on for Maguire.
- OffAnwar El GhaziAston Villa
- OnWesley MoraesAston Villa
Wesley for Barkley.
- OffRoss BarkleyAston Villa
- OnKeinan DavisAston Villa
Villa putting the first of two target men on. Keinan Davis for El Ghazi.
Harry Maguire is down and still hurt from that collision with El Ghazi. Bailly is stripped and ready.
It is Barkley... but it's wide.
Good position from this distance for a Villa free kick...McGinn? El Ghazi? Barkley? Who could it be?
Rashford's over hit cross falls for Shaw, who finds Fernandes, and the Portuguese's shot is blocked well.
Decent chance from this free kick for Villa, and Lindelof nods away... out for Targett... towards El Ghazi from Watkins... and Cavani deals with it!
- Yellow cardHarry MaguireManchester United
Harry Maguire is booked for a pull on Watkins.
- OffDouglas LuizAston Villa
- OnJacob RamseyAston Villa
Jacob Ramsey is on for Douglas Luiz.
- OffMason GreenwoodManchester United
- OnEdinson CavaniManchester United
Nodded off the forehead of McTominay by Konsa as Edinson Cavani makes his way on for Greenwood.
It falls from Fernandes to Rashford from range, and it's deflected wide for the corner.
Shaw's cross is chested back into Martinez by Targett.
Targett's cross... Traore attacking the near post! Maguire throws himself dangerously at it, and helps Henderson fumble it clear.
A nice corner routine from United, short from Shaw, Greenwood, back to Shaw, Fernandes' deep cross. Maguire's header wide.
- GoalMason GreenwoodManchester United
GOAL! Mason Greenwood, there's the turnaround. A fabulous manoeuvre, receives it on the half turn from Wan-Bissaka, he spins Mings who's marking him tightly and flashes it inside Martinez's near post.
United are really on the front foot here, seizing the initiative.
- Goal by penaltyBruno FernandesManchester United
GOAL! Bruno Fernandes, no mistake. 1-1.
PENALTY! Pogba holds up the ball with Luiz tightly marking him, but he fells the Frenchman and United have a spot kick.
McGinn...lovely ball, Barkley, onside here, apparently... El Ghazi... held by Henderson.
Shaw's corner is cleared by Konsa.
A bright start from United. Fernandes... Pogba, unmarked... ricocheted for the corner.
- 2nd Half
- End of 1st Half
We'll be back in 15 minutes, half time. As both managers speak to their players, I've got to speak to myself about enjoying the nice weather as soon as this game is over. Catch you in a second.
- Yellow cardOllie WatkinsAston Villa
Ollie Watins is booked for a sliding challenge on Harry Maguire, as the first half draws to a close.
One minute added.
Wan-Bissaka wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Greenwood with a strike off the right! Good save Martinez!
Through a melee on the edge of the area, McTominay and Fernandes find Rashford coming onto the ball, but with the instep, it's right down the throat of Martinez.
Lovely diagonal towards Shaw, this time from Greenwood, and Pogba tries to let the knock down roll across his body onto his right, but Traore wins a foul with the Frenchman hauling his marker back.
Greenwood shrugs off McGinn and finds Shaw wide, but the cross is a waste as Martinez gathers.
Watkins needlessly fouled by McTominay, deep in United territory. Good chance from the dead ball here.
Firmly away by McGinn, and here's the second wave of United pressure...Fernandes... Greenwood... hacked away by Mings.
Another corner, Manchester United. El Ghazi is caught ball-watching and Fernandes slides Wan-Bissaka in, but Mings deals with the cross.
Corner, United. Quick feet from Rashford getting to the byline and winning the set piece off Cash. In from Fernandes, away by Konsa.
- GoalBertrand TraoréAston Villa
GOAL! OHHHHHHH! Wow! What a goal! Fantastic pressure from McGinn on McTominay, he wins the ball quickly, Traore initially makes a mess of the turn, but Lindelof defends it poorly, and the Burkina Faso international fires it into the top corner! A quality finish!
Lovely movement side-to-side from United. Shaw found Greenwood in the pocket, the youngster hit it, and it almost fell for Rashford on the follow up.
Nodded away by Pogba eventually.
Another corner, Villa. McGinn's searching ball diagonal for Traore, and Shaw nods to safety.
Pogba... good strength to get away from Traore, and Rashford exploits the space behind Matty Cash, and squares it for Fernandes! Poked wide.
Dealt with by Maguire, here's the second wave of Villa pressure... but overcooked by Barkley as he tries the deep cross.
McGinn's ball in this time, in towards the head of Barkley... it falls for Traore, who blazes over, with the help of a deflection. Corner again.
Corner, Villa. Nice interplay from McGinn picking the ball up in the half space, sliding Targett in on the overlap, and Wan-Bissaka slides in to give away the set piece. Taken short, but wasted.
Another lovely move, again through Shaw. Lindelof pings it out to him, flawless first touch, into Pogba, who gets it back from Rashford, and it's a weak shot in the end.
Another wonderful move down the left from United... it started and ended with Shaw as the full-back threw the ball into Pogba, nice flick around the corner from Rashford, back into Shaw, who strikes... strong wrists from Martinez.
Ooh... nice move from United, starting with a clip wide from Maguire, out to Shaw, who holds off Cash and feeds Pogba, and now Rashford... curling it in towards that far post, and Greenwood keeps it in, but can't steer it goalbound.
It seems to be a Marcus Rashford strikeforce for United, with Greenwood out wide right, supported here by Wan-Bissaka on the ball now.
McGinn's feeling what seems to be a dead leg after Pogba's challenge.
United are unbeaten away from home this season, and have only lost once in 44 Premier League meetings with their hosts today.
- 1st Half
Off we go.
The players are out, we're ready.
Dean Smith is looking in buoyant mood, confident about a result today. The team is unchanged, he said, because he was impressed with the "energy and quality" on show from the impressive win at Goodison Park last time out.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's thoughts.
Half an hour to kick off.
In the 'title race', if we can even call it that, United have two games in hand on City, and a 13 point margin between them. Should the Red Devils win this and then beat Liverpool on Thursday, they'll cut that to seven points. City still only need either a Villa win here today or a win of their own to seal the crown.
Manchester United are all but guaranteed a top four finish. They have two games in hand over closest competition Chelsea and Leicester, with a healthy three and four point lead over both respectively.
The hosts lie 11th, a game in hand over the stuttering Arsenal, and they can leapfrog the Gunners back into the top half of the table with a draw due to their superior goal difference. With a win, they could go above Leeds into 9th, taking them to 51 points for the season.
The big thing for United now is to prevent their noisy neighbours Manchester City from winning the title today. Chelsea certainly did them a favour by winning at the Etihad yesterday, but that will mean nothing should United succumb to a defeat here.
Let's divert our attentions quickly to previous results. United are unbeaten in the Premier League since their embarrassment at the hands of Sheffield United in late January, and they come into this game off the back of a poor performance in the Europa League on Thursday with a point to prove.
Marcus Rashford finds himself on the right of the attacking midfield trident yet again, as Solskjaer seeks to shoehorn both Pogba and Fernandes into the same side, as well as accomodating Fred and McTominay in to assist Lindelof and Maguire. However unpopular the system might be, it works. You're not second place in the league by pure chance.
A key attribute of Ollie Watkins, of course excluding his goalscoring capabilities, is his pace. Lindelof and Maguire are famously renowned for their lack thereof, and as such, Fred and McTominay have become mainstays within the spine of the 4-2-3-1. Expect the United defensive line deeper to deal with the ball over the top. Wan-Bissaka and Shaw will also have their hands full with the threat of El Ghazi and Traore respectively, with both the Egypt and Burkina Faso internationals looking to cut inside onto their preferred feet, searching for inswinger or shooting opportunities.
The match-ups we're most interested in here will of course come in the engine room first and foremost. We expect Douglas Luiz to be sat on top of Bruno Fernandes, with the Brazilian looking to stifle all ball that goes into the feet of the Portuguese talisman. Paul Pogba is again shifted out wide, but with licence to drift infield and affect the game with a greater proximity to Fernandes. Whether Matty Cash will be drawn away from his position and allow Luke Shaw to bomb forwards on the overlap will also be an enticing tactical encounter.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reverted back to what he knows. And what might that be, you ask? Well, as Mark Goldbridge would say, it's "the Chuckle Brothers and McFred". Victor Lindelof returns after Eric Bailly's rusty performance in Rome, and Dean Henderson is between the sticks as the current domestic goalkeeper. We expect Mason Greenwood to lead the line with Marcus Rashford uncomfortably on the right, and Paul Pogba shifted to the left to accomodate for the inevitable double pivot of Fred and Scott McTominay to bubble wrap the central defenders and protect them against the pace of Watkins, Traore and El Ghazi.
The hosts, as aforementioned, are unchanged from their last outing - an impressive 2-1 victory at Everton - Ross Barkley continues at number 10, supporting the lone frontman Ollie Watkins, who's flanked by Bertrand Traore and Anwar El Ghazi. Douglas Luiz will sit deeper and break up play, with John McGinn licensed to advance further forwards and play defence-splitting balls into the feet of the attackers, or into the space over the top of the opposition back four.
Let's dissect these line-ups then, shall we?
Manchester United are back to the usual: Henderson, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Shaw, McTominay, Fred, Rashford, Fernandes, Pogba, Greenwood.
Aston Villa are unchanged, in a 4-2-3-1: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, Traore, Barkley, el Ghazi, Watkins.
The teams are in...
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