Sports

Manchester United 2-1 Aston Villa: Bruno Fernandes penalty puts Red Devils joint top

on

Spread the love

Bruno Fernandes.
Bruno Fernandes’ only penalty miss since joining Manchester United 12 months ago came at Newcastle in October

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, cancelling 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 past 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.

More to follow.

helpHow to play

Rate players out of 10 throughout or after the game. The rater will close 30 minutes after the final whistle.

Rating range key1 = Give it up10 = Pure perfection

Manchester United

  1. Squad number21Player nameJames
  2. Squad number31Player nameMatic
  3. Squad number38Player nameTuanzebe

Aston Villa

  1. Squad number26Player nameMartínez

  2. Squad number2Player nameCash

  3. Squad number4Player nameKonsa

  4. Squad number5Player nameMings

  5. Squad number18Player nameTargett

  6. Squad number6Player nameDouglas Luiz

  7. Squad number7Player nameMcGinn

  8. Squad number15Player nameTraoré

  9. Squad number10Player nameGrealish

  10. Squad number21Player nameEl Ghazi

  11. Squad number11Player nameWatkins

  1. Squad number39Player nameDavis

  2. Squad number41Player nameRamsey

Line-ups

Man Utd

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 3BaillyBooked at 55mins
  • 5MaguireBooked at 49mins
  • 23ShawBooked at 89mins
  • 17FredSubstituted forTuanzebeat 90+4′minutes
  • 39McTominaySubstituted forMaticat 65′minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6Pogba
  • 18Bruno FernandesSubstituted forJamesat 87′minutes
  • 9Martial
  • 10Rashford

Substitutes

  • 8Mata
  • 11Greenwood
  • 14Lingard
  • 21James
  • 26Henderson
  • 27Telles
  • 31Matic
  • 34van de Beek
  • 38Tuanzebe

Aston Villa

  • 26Martínez
  • 2Cash
  • 4Konsa
  • 5Mings
  • 18Targett
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 7McGinn
  • 15TraoréSubstituted forRamseyat 79′minutes
  • 10Grealish
  • 21El GhaziSubstituted forDavisat 84′minutes
  • 11Watkins

Substitutes

  • 1Heaton
  • 3Taylor
  • 14Hourihane
  • 19Nakamba
  • 24Guilbert
  • 27El Mohamady
  • 30Hause
  • 39Davis
  • 41Ramsey

Live Text

Around the BBC iPlayer bannerAround the BBC iPlayer footer

About Frank Rideout