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Summary

  1. Man Utd XI: De Gea, Valencia, Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Schneiderlin, Fellaini, Mata, Rooney, Memphis, Rashford
  2. Aston Villa XI: Guzan, Hutton, Clark, Lescott, Cissokho, Richardson, Bacuna, Gueye, Westwood, Ayew, Sinclair

Live Reporting

By Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

That is that. Aston Villa are relegated to the second tier of English football for the first time since 1987, while Manchester United keep up the pressure on Manchester City in the race for fourth place. 

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FULL TIME: ASTON VILLA ARE RELEGATED

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

HITS THE WOODWORK

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

What a save by Brad Guzan! Memphis Depay is through on goal but denied by the Villa stopper, who turns his stabbed effort onto the post and out for a corner.

Three added on in total.

SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Timothy Fosu-Mensah, so good in midweek in the FA Cup, comes on for Juan Mata for the last few minutes.

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Rudy Gestede
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Villa have lobbed the whole lot up now. But from a deep free-kick Scott Sinclair can't turn in the box to force it back in and United have a goal kick. Will they see it out from here? Or can Villa salvage a little something on the day they finally go down?

CLOSE!

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa fans
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Well I don't think De Gea touched it but Rudy Gestede comes so close to leveling after Jordan Ayew's cut-back - somehow United scramble clear with the goal gaping. 

And then from the corner Gestede hits the post! Again De Gea a spectator. Signs of life in Vlila yet?!

SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Kieran Richardson's race is run and Rudy Gestede the man to replace him. Throwing on a striker with two goals needed to stay in the league? 

Maybe David De Gea will actually relish the chance to use his hands.

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Anthony Martial just glides. Such fluid movement. Not much doing with the actual ball though with the home side seemingly content with the 1-0.

Down on the other flank it's all too much for Alan Hutton, who takes a swipe at Memphis Depay. 

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Labouring to a 1-0 win over bottom placed Villa. I'm sorry. But Van Gaal has to go no matter the outcome of the season.

Kash, London

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

So Villa are about 10 minutes away from dropping out of the Premier League. It feels like that sentence should hold a lot more drama than it does. They've been down there for so long now though that this could even feel almost like a relief. 

SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Marcus Rashford is substituted
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Marcus Rashford is the man to make way for Martial. Warm applause and some big high fives greet him on the bench.

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Idrissa Gueye
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Villa corner. Cue ironic cheers from the travelling fans. It's their first of the game. About 1400 have made the trip so I'm told. 

United clear, and they're about to bring on Anthony Martial.

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Definitely a sense that something of the momentum United seemed to be building immediately after the restart has begun to ebb away now. 

Jordan Ayew drives into the United box but is seen out and into the hoardings by Memphis Depay. Ayew seems to have taken a bit of a nasty knock, but is up and back together in short time.

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Kevin Kilbane

Former Everton winger on Final Score

Wayne Rooney applauds
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"It was quite a satisfactory performance from Wayne Rooney, from an England point of view ahead of the Euros." 

SUBSTITUTION

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Wayne Rooney
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A decent showing from Wayne Rooney as he continues his return from knee injury. Jesse Lingard the man to replace him.

YELLOW CARD

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Kieran Richardson goes into the book for a foul on Memphis Depay, who booms the free-kick over the bar himself.

CLOSE!

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Marcos Rojo wins a United corner, played into Juan Mata in acres at the near post and Brad Guzan has to stand tall to parry out the Spaniard's shot. Very, very slack defending.

And then it almost winds up going in anyway as a high ball falls dangerously close to the line as United look to follow up. Guzan thought he was fouled there, and with Fellaini on him, there may have been a case for it.

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Chris Smalling
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Well, after all that excitement the home side seem to have decided to take a bit of a breather, slowing down the play with some short passing. Do they sense Villa still believe?

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Memphis Depay
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Brilliant play from Memphis Depay. He nutmegs Sinclair on the left wing and is away, plenty of space to bend the ball across goal with the outside of his right foot, but Guzan spoons clear to safety, although in truth there was no-one gambling. Not even Rashford. 

And here's Depay popping up on the edge of the box and firing over - I told you he was lively. United looking to get the ball to him again.

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Wayne Rooney
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Richard: That touch from Rooney was heavier than an overweight elephant carrying an anvil.

CHANCE!

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Wayne Rooney to double the lead? But he can't control Memphis Depay's pass well enough to work it into space - a heavy touch and the chance to cut across the defence and unleash is gone.

Depay is looking lively though now, and the home side are committing much more to the attack. Will there be holes in behind?

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Marcus Rashford
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If Marcus Rashford plays like this until the end of the season surely it would make sense to select him for Euros over Sturridge and Caroll, he's so much for confident than both of them

Louis from Manchester

Is there a phone hidden underneath that clipboard?

CLOSE!

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Marcus Rashford shoots
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Marcus Rashford v Alan Hutton for pace? There's only going to be one winner. But the Villa defender does just enough with a seemingly desperate lunge to force Rashford wide when played through by Juan Mata - suggestions the United striker could have gone down?

And then moments later Rashford flashes an even better chance wide under heavy pressure from the Villa defence.

There is pace in the game!

KICK-OFF

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Manchester United get us back under way as a very relaxed-looking Louis van Gaal negotiates into his seat. No changes from either side.

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Marcus Rashford
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Many talented young players fade. Rashford looks more suited for this level than for youth level. Special.

Roy, Reading

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Hersi: If the England coach has guts he would take Rashford instead of Rooney for the Euros... Kid on !!

Connor Simpson: Take Rashford to France. He will score goals.

HALF-TIME

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

And that's the break. Aston Villa 45 minutes away from relegation.

CHANCE!

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Jordan Ayew
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What's this? A really good chance for Aston Villa as Jordan Ayew has time to throw a few stepovers Marcos Rojo's way, looking to dance past his man into space for a shot, but the United defender stands strong to block.

Villa's best chance, but David De Gea still a spectator.

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Wayne Rooney
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Wayne Rooney popping up in the Andrea Pirlo role here, looking to spray the ball long from in front of his defenders. It's Memphis Depay who's the target but Alan Hutton get his head there to clear. Not sure that would have happened to Pirlo.

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

David De Gea
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Just under five to go until half-time. Can Villa claw one back? David De Gea is yet to be tested, I think he's touched the ball once today?

And with Fellaini looking strong in the centre, even when the away side do manage to string a few passes together they're going nowhere fast. 

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Nice, quick movement and slick passing from Manchester United again. Didn't think I'd be writing that too many times this afternoon. Aston Villa are quick to poke the ball out from Juan Mata's feet on the edge of the box though, and it's back to theme of 10 yellow men defending and those in red looking for a gap.

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Marcus Rashford
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James Carter: WE HAVE SCORED IN THE FIRST HALF!! It is snowing in Manchester and there has been a goal in the first half. Weird day! 

James Foster: Marcus Rashford... this lad is something special

Heelish Bishop: Aston Villa look like a team already resigned to their fate. Shame to go down with a whimper rather than a bang. 

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Marcus Rashford can do no wrong right now. That goal against West Ham in midweek was sumptuous, and this one certainly competes.  

Oh, except over-hit this volleyed pass looking for Memphis Depay out wide. Depay is very much in Rashford's shade though - and not just in this match. Who saw that coming?

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Kevin Kilbane

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Marcus Rashford
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"Great goal, well worked. Rashford shows great anticipation, it goes through Guzan but all credit Rashford. What a start to his United career."

Man Utd 1-0 Aston Villa

Marcus Rashford (32 mins)

Marcus Rashford
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Maybe not! Lovely, lovely goal from Marcus Rashford, a little flick past the goalkeeper from Valencia's cut-back gives the home side the lead. 

And finally sends Villa down?

Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa

Corner number NINE for Manchester United but it again it comes to naught as Brad Guzan claims. 

The away side look to be growing a bit here now. They're passing the ball much better. Are Louis van Gaal's side missing a trick not coming out all guns blazing?

Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa

Jordan Ayew
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Aston Villa have got a decent chance from a free-kick here, Westwood the one to swing it in... 

But Fellaini dominates with the head to clear, and even though it falls to Kieran Richardson on the edge, he swipes high and wide on the bounce.

Not much quality on show so far. An hour more of this?

Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa

Wayne Rooney
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Lovely little chipped through ball from Wayne Rooney. He's not been too heavily involved so far but that was beautiful technique - a trademark sweep from deep behind the defence. 

Juan Mata doesn't have the legs to match it though and Brad Guzan can let it run.

Man Utd 0-0 Aston Villa

Juan Mata with the chance to shoot! Out for a throw. That's not a good feeling. At least he doesn't have to go and get it? 

He was played in by Marcus Rashford with a lovely little weighted pass. Rashford looking the brightest so far and the home fans know it.