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Summary

  1. Man Utd XI: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Blind, Carrick, Herrera, Mata, Fellaini, Young, Rooney.
  2. Villa XI: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Lowton, Delph, Sanchez, N'Zogbia, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke.
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Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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Manager reaction

Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: "We are still not certain about Champions League qualification - it is still a rat race.

"But we have given a blow to Liverpool and Southampton also lost. It is a big gap. now we have to wait to see if the gap is too big for Tottenham too. But we have to play the top three - it is still a rat race."

Manager reaction

Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal: "It is always a difficult match to win. We have created four or five chances and didn't give any chances away in the first half.

"We scored the first goal at the right time at the end of the first half. The first half was a good performance but we have to finish more. The second half was more controlling."

Manager reaction

Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa

Villa boss Tim Sherwood: "Tuesday is a massive game for us against QPR. They had an excellent win today but a win for us on Tuesday means that there are six points between us and them.

"We showed a lot of character out there today, because a lot of guys have been away on international and played twice. They gave me everything."

Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa

Both sides have massive matches coming up - for contrasting reasons.

Manchester United travel across town to Manchester City next Sunday, as the neighbours battle it out - along with Arsenal - for second position.

At the other end of the Premier League table, fifth-bottom Villa host QPR on Tuesday. Chris Ramsey's men are two places and three points behind Villa following their thumping 4-1 win at West Brom.

Manager reaction

Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa

Tim Sherwood
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Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood: "I thought we got stuck in and were always in the game until the third goal which killed us off.

"We expected them to give ball back to us from the drop ball because we were in possession. But the referee thought nothing of it and they scored from that. It has gone against us.

"I'm not saying that is the reason we lost the game but it is disappointing. Today Man Utd were much better than us."

Player reaction

Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa

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Manchester United's two-goal hero Ander Herrera: "Aston Villa are fighting relegation and have to fight hard, so that made it difficult for us. They came to Old Trafford to wait and try to give us few opportunities. We kept the ball and tried to win game through possession and be patient. That's what we did."

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Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa

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Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa

Villa's late goal from Christian Benteke gave Tim Sherwood's side hope of nicking a point, but in truth the fifth-bottom side did not deserve anything. And if you don't believe me then take a look at the statistics....

Player reaction

Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa

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Manchester United's two-goal hero Ander Herrera, who has scored seven times since his summer move from Athletic Bilbao: "Scoring goals was one of the things that I had to improve on. I'm getting better but have to improve still.

"The battle for the top four is going to be very tough but we are on the right road. We are in very good form but have to play seven more games and have to fight a lot."

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Sophie Gayter: Utd haven't had a player who can arrive late in the box and finish like that since Scholes in his prime. Well played Herrera!

Peter Malath: 2 for Herrera, 3 for United. Put the three points in the bag, now I am going to sleep. Goodnight or good morning.

KN: Job done. 3pts. Next up: the noisy neighbours. We are in with a shout of getting a result.

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Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa

Unsurprisingly Ander Herrera has a huge smile across as he leaves the Old Trafford pitch. The Spanish midfielder is mobbed by his team-mates and takes the acclaim of the Stretford End as he wanders down the tunnel.

Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa

Former England winger Chris Waddle

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

"Manchester United dominated the game and deserve the win but Aston Villa always carried a threat. I think Louis van Gaal will be happy with the way his side linked up down the right-hand side, with Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Antonio Valencia. They had a huge amount of joy there."

FULL-TIME

Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa

All over at Old Trafford! Manchester United earn their sixth win in seven Premier League matches to strengthen their chances of Champions League qualification. That moves the Red Devils up to third position, one behind second placed Arsenal and one ahead of neighbours Manchester City.

Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa

The decibel meter inside Old Trafford goes up a notch - the home fans know their team are heading for another victory.

Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa

Former England winger Chris Waddle

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

"Ander Herrera just passes the ball into the net, a great finish just inside the box. A side-foot finish and it's game over."

GOAL

Man Utd 3-1 Aston Villa - Ander Herrera

Now that HAS to be game over. Ander Herrera strokes his second of the match into the bottom corner after some quick-thinking from Wayne Rooney following a drop ball.

INJURY TIME

Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa

Four minutes of stoppage time for Villa to nab an equaliser. Or for United to net a third.

Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa

United waste another corner, then Villa spring forward on the counter. But the linesman's flag stops Christian Benteke in his tracks.

Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa

United force another corner from the initial set-piece, with Villa full-back Matt Lowton again doing his job well. Can they bag a third and kill off the visitors?

Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa

United full-back Antonio Valencia uses his electric pace to nip behind the Villa defence, but his low cross is cut out by Matt Lowton's sliding challenge.

FINAL FIVE

Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa

Aston Villa have possession of the ball as they chase what seemed to be an unlikely draw. Gabby Agbonlahor tries to nip in between Phil Jones and David De Gea when the ball is pumped forward, with the latter taking control of the situation to snuff out the danger.

Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa

Former England winger Chris Waddle

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

"There are lot of nerves around Old Trafford. You feel there are still one or two twists and turns left in this one."

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Sam Stevens: The underperforming Di Maria with yet another assist. Another example of the over criticism of Man Utd?

Ajay Patel: Past 2 games: Two bad goals let in by de Gea who's overperforming, two assists from Angel who's underperforming.

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Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa

This time Joe Cole swings the ball in from the left hand corner flag, but he can't find a Villa head and the home side clear.

Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa

Villa's goal came from their first corner of the afternoon. And now they have another one...

Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton midfielder on Final Score

"It is poor defending from Manchester United. Benteke is freed up from the corner but with the quality De Gea has he should be saving that. It went straight under his body."

GOAL

Man Utd 2-1 Aston Villa - Christian Benteke

Hang on! It is not all over quite yet. Villa halve the deficit when Christian Benteke drills in a low effort from about eight yards following a Villa right-wing corner from Joe Cole. United keeper David De Gea - a man who is firmly in credit this season - allows that to go under him too easily.

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Man Utd 2-0 Aston Villa

Former England winger Chris Waddle

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

"You won't see a better goal this season, that is absolutely phenomenal. It was an awkward ball to bring down, but as it bounces Wayne Rooney swivels and fires the ball into the top corner. The ball is still very high but he gets right on top of the ball. What a fantastic goal."

GOAL

Man Utd 2-0 Aston Villa - Wayne Rooney

Wow! If there is a better goal in the Premier League this afternoon then I'd be very surprised. Wayne Rooney takes a touch to control Angel Di Maria's cross then swivels to crash a crisp half-volley past Brad Guzan. Game, set and match to Manchester United.

Wayne Rooney shoots and scores
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Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Former England winger Chris Waddle

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

"Aston Villa haven't offered very much at all going forward. They don't want to take a risk and are just doing a very professional job. They've got Joe Cole on now though and maybe he could see a pass."

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Here is a blast from the past - Joe Cole. The ex-England midfielder replaces Villa team-mate Andreas Weimann - can he spark a Villa revival?

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Substitute Leandro Bacuna stands over the ball, whipping a curling set piece into the United danger zone. Team-mate Jores Okore climbs above the home defence but cannot stick enough power on his header to trouble David De Gea.

FINAL FIFTEEN

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Villa need to move quick if they are going to snatch anything from this game. Andreas Weimann does that, turning on the after burners down the right, winning a free-kick on the edge of the box. Dangerous...

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Still United press for a much-needed second goal. Left-back Daley Blind smashes just wide of the Villa goal.

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Colin Reardon: #MUFC seem to have reverted to sideways & backwards again! Where's the rapid forward passing that demolished Spurs & L'pool?

Victor Mojekwu: Man United need to score at least one more goal to stay on a safer side.

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SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Wonder if Louis van Gaal heard the familiar Geordie tones of BBC Radio 5 live's Chris Waddle from the gantry? Probably not. But the Dutchman agrees with the ex-England man and decides it is time for a change. On trots British record signing Angel Di Maria in place of Ashley Young.

Angel Di Maria on
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Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Slack play from Villa's Carlos Sanchez hands possession to Wayne Rooney about 30 yards out. The England skipper drives forward with purpose, trying to curl into the bottom left corner with the outside of his right boot. But he can't bend the ball enough and it goes out for a goal-kick.

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Former England winger Chris Waddle

BBC Radio 5 live at Old Trafford

"Manchester United should be thinking about a change, maybe bringing somebody like Adnan Januzaj on, somebody to just re-introduce a little bit of a spark into their play. It's gone a little flat. Aston Villa, well they may as well have a go now."