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Man United 2-1 Aston Villa: Red Devils go level on points with Liverpool

Man United 2-1 Aston Villa: Red Devils go level on points with Premier League leaders Liverpool as Bruno Fernandes’s penalty earned Manchester United a win over Aston Villa

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Man United 2-1 Aston Villa Red Devils go level on points with Liverpool www.theafricanstand.com
Bruno Fernandes’s penalty earned Manchester United a 2-1 win over Aston Villa to go level on points with leaders Liverpool.

Manchester United moved level on points with Premier League leaders Liverpool as a Bruno Fernandes penalty saw off stubborn Aston Villa.

Fernandes drilled his 11th league goal this season – and his fifth from the spot – into the bottom corner to punish Douglas Luiz’s clip-on Paul Pogba and hand United an eighth win in 10 games.

Bertrand Traore’s calm finish underneath David de Gea had deservedly drawn Villa level, canceling out Anthony Martial’s stooping first-half header for the hosts.

But Fernandes’ penalty extended United’s hold over Villa – they have now won 32 and lost just one of the last 44 league meetings between the sides – and leaves Liverpool top only by virtue of goal difference.

Villa might consider themselves unfortunate not to have left Old Trafford with at least a point from a thoroughly entertaining game but they also needed several fine saves from Emiliano Martinez to keep them in it.

After Fernandes’ spot-kick put United back in front, Martinez superbly tipped a stinging 25-yarder from the Portuguese on to the crossbar as well as denying Martial a second.

Martinez’s counterpart David de Gea was just as busy, with a late save from Matty Cash’s long-range strike preserving the points, not long after Tyrone Mings had headed wide a glorious chance to level.

Written by Ericson Mangoli

Ericson Mangoli is the founder of African Stand, based in Nairobi Kenya, Ericson leads a splendid group of correspondents, independent writers, investigators, analysts, and supporters from around the globe to run African Stand as a supervisor and the chief editor.

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