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Aston Villa v Manchester United Live Commentary, 9/5/21

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Bertrand Traoré (24)
Bruno Fernandes (52 pen)
M. Greenwood (56)
E. Cavani (87)
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United are next in action against Leicester City at home on Tuesday. Villa take on Everton in their next outing on Thursday at Villa Park.
Manchester United record a 3-1 comeback win over Aston Villa in their Premier League clash at Villa Park. Bertrand Traore put the home side ahead with a fine finish, but the Red Devils responded in the second half. Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot before Mason Greenwood fired Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men ahead. Edinson Cavani secured the three points with a close-range header before Ollie Watkins saw red for the Villains in the closing stages. 
90' + 7' FULL-TIME: ASTON VILLA 1-3 MANCHESTER UNITED
90' + 5' Traore attempts to break between Matic and Shaw down the right flank, but the former stops his progress with a neat challenge.
90' + 3' United have been excellent in the second half and will keep their rivals City waiting for the Premier League for another week yet.
90' + 1' Cavani has equalled the Manchester United record for the highest number of Premier League goals scored as a substitute in a season, currently held by Chicharito in 2010-11 and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in 1998-99 (five each).
90' There will be six minutes of added time.
89' OFF! Watkins is sent off as he receives his second booking of the match. He latches on to a long ball over the top and goes down as Henderson sticks out a leg. However, there is no contact and the striker gets booked for simulation before the referee then brandishes the red card.
M. Rashford
Assist
Manchester United
87' Rashford delivers a sublime cross for the run of Cavani and the forward capitalises with a fine header.
E. Cavani
Goal
Manchester United
87' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! CAVANI SURELY SETTLES THE GAME!!!! 3-1 UNITED!!!!! The Uruguayan continues his excellent scoring run with a deft header to all but secure the three points. United put the pressure on the Villa defence, which holds firm amid strikes from Cavani and Fred. Rashford takes possession on the right flank and lifts a sublime cross into the box. Cavani makes a run across Cash and guides his header into the bottom-left corner.
N. Matić
Bruno Fernandes
Manchester United
86' Matic replaces Fernandes for the closing stages of the game and shore up the United midfield.
85' BLOCK! Targett latches on to a loose ball on the edge of the United box. He lets fly with a powerful strike on the half-volley that is repelled by a wall of white shirts.
85' For the first time in his Manchester United career, Maguire hasn't completed 90 mins in a Premier League game. Today is his 72nd league appearance for the club.
84' Villa press forward at the United backline. Traore latches on to a loose ball in the edge of the box, but his strike his easily saved by Henderson.
83' Davis outmuscles Lindelof for possession in the United box and has space to shoot. He opts to offload towards Watkins, but the forward is denied by a great block on the stretch by Wan-Bissaka.
82' Traore drops his shoulder down the left flank and sends a dangerous cross into the box that Bailly has to clear with a desperate header.
81' McGinn floats a cross to the back post for Traore to attack, but the winger can only head a tame effort into the hands of Henderson.
J. McGinn
Yellow Card
Aston Villa
79' McGinn pulls down Shaw on the charge and goes into the book.
Wesley
A. El Ghazi
Aston Villa
78' Villa alter their attacking options as Wesley replaces El Ghazi in the final third.
E. Bailly
H. Maguire
Manchester United
78' Bailly comes on to replace Maguire in the heart of the United defence.
K. Davis
R. Barkley
Aston Villa
77' Davis replaces Barkley, who has been underwhelming this afternoon.
76' Maguire comes back on for a second before falling to the floor. He pulls down his socks, it looks as though his day is done.
76' OVER! Barkley takes the resulting free-kick, but he smashes a right-footed strike well over the bar.
75' Maguire makes his way off the field for further treatment on his ankle, although he appears to be willing to play on.
73' Maguire gets caught by Cavani as the Uruguayan brings down El Ghazi in the final third. Villa get the free-kick, but the United skipper remains down on the deck.
71' Shaw works an offload into the path of Fernandes to strike, but he sees his effort charged down by Mings.
69' Greenwood (16) overtakes Wayne Rooney (15) as the top scoring teenager for Manchester United in the Premier League.
68' Cavani does brilliantly in his own box to deny El Ghazi at the back post. Targett floats a dangerous cross for Watkins to attack and he places the ball into a dangerous area. El Ghazi lurks behind Cavani, but the United forward clears it over his own bar.
H. Maguire
Yellow Card
Manchester United
67' Maguire pulls back Watkins on the charge and goes into the book. Villa have a free-kick in a useful position.
67' Fernandes' penalty was the 113th taken in this season's Premier League, breaking the all-time competition record of 112 previously set in 2006-07.
J. Ramsey
Douglas Luiz
Aston Villa
65' Ramsey comes on to replace Douglas Luiz in the middle of the park for the home side.
E. Cavani
M. Greenwood
Manchester United
65' Greenwood is withdrawn in the final third for Cavani.
64' Greenwood has five goals in his last five Premier League games. Before this, his previous five league goals had come over his last 29 such appearances.
63' WIDE! Rashford is afforded space and time to line up a strike from 25 yards. He connects well with his effort that deflects off Konsa before travelling wide of the left post.
61' VAR has a check for a handball against Greenwood as he attempts to head a cross clear in his own box. After a lengthy check will the game continues, the decision goes in favour of United.
60' SAVE! Henderson has to be alert at the back to deny Traore. Targett swings a dangerous low cross for the winger to attack. He swings a boot at it, but Maguire is there with a brave header to take the pace off the strike before Henderson pushes the ball past the post.
59' WIDE! Fernandes lines up a cross from deep on the right flank for Maguire to attack at the back post. He rises above McGinn, but plants his header wide of the target.
58' Rashford and Konsa have a tussle for the ball in the Villa box. The two players square up to each other after the ball travels out for a corner. They have to be separated before the referee has words, but no further action is taken.
A. Wan-Bissaka
Assist
Manchester United
56' Wan-Bissaka works an offload into the feet of Greenwood on the edge of the box. The forward completes the move with a splendid turn and strike into the bottom-right corner.
M. Greenwood
Goal
Manchester United
56' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! GREENWOOD FIRES UNITED AHEAD!!!! 2-1!!!!! The turnaround is complete for the Red Devils as Greenwood fends off Mings before drilling an effort past Martinez. Wan-Bissaka collects on the right flank and feeds Greenwood with his back to goal. The forward does the rest by wheeling his way off Mings and blasting a left-footed strike through the hands of Martinez into the bottom-right corner.
55' United have been excellent since the restart and are putting the home side under immense pressure at the back.
54' Targett has to be alert at the back to prevent Greenwood surging through the middle of the Villa defence to latch on to Fernandes' offload. 
53' Fernandes has scored 27 goals for Manchester United in all competitions this season, the most by a midfield player for a Premier League club in a single campaign since Frank Lampard for Chelsea in 2009-10 (also 27).
Bruno Fernandes
Penalty Goal
Manchester United
52' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! FERNANDES SLOTS HOME AN EQUALISER!!!! 1-1!!!! The Red Devils are level in the game as the Portuguese beats Martinez from 12 yards. Fernandes stutters in his run-up before side-footing a strike into the bottom-right corner, sending the Villa keeper the wrong way.
51' PENALTY TO MANCHESTER UNITED! Douglas Luiz brings down Pogba in the box with a loose lunge and the referee points to the spot.
50' SAVE! Barkley is played into space down the right flank by McGinn and he offloads to El Ghazi to strike on the edge of the box. Henderson gets down to make the save, although Barkley was offside anyway.
48' BLOCK! United break on a counter and Fred supplies a pinpoint pass to Fernandes. The Portuguese tees up Pogba to strike at goal, but Mings deflects his effort wide of the right post.
47' Pogba makes a good run down the left flank to link up with Rashford, but his low cross is cleared by Konsa at the near post.
46' We're back under way at Villa Park.
Villa just about deserve their lead. Traore has mustered the one piece of individual quality in the contest with his turn away from Victor Lindelof and strike into the top-right corner. However, they cannot afford to let their standards slip in the second half.
Aston Villa hold a 1-0 lead over Manchester United at the break courtesy of Bertrand Traore's strike. As it stands, Traore's goal will end the Premier League title race, allowing Manchester City to claim the crown tonight. United will not want to hand their rivals an easy passage to the title. They've lacked a clinical edge in the first half and need to improve in the second period.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: ASTON VILLA 1-0 MANCHESTER UNITED
45' + 2' SAVE! Villa win possession in the final third and Watkins goes for an early strike that Henderson gets down to stop.
O. Watkins
Yellow Card
Aston Villa
45' + 1' Watkins goes into the book for a lunge on Maguire as he tries to steal possession in the United box.
45' + 1' Traore cuts back on his left foot from the right flank, angling a cross to the back post. El Ghazi rises, but he fails to connect with a header as the ball travels behind.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
43' Konsa is back on his feet and the action resumes.
42' Konsa wins an important header in a challenge with Fernandes, but takes a blow in the process. The game is stopped for him to receive treatment.
40' CHANCE! Greenwood makes a driving run into the right-inside channel and drops his shoulder to break past Targett. He drills a low strike at goal on his right foot where Martinez makes an initial stop. Konsa gets to the rebound first and takes a touch towards his own goal before clearing the danger.
39' SAVE! Rashford tries to combine with Fernandes in the final third. United are forced back before the forward takes on a strike from 25 yards that travels into the hands of Martinez.
37' Shaw works the ball into space for Pogba to collect. He has time to strike if he does so early, although the Frenchman dwells on it and tries to line up a right-footed drive. Traore gets back and wins a free-kick for his team.
35' Fernandes spots Martinez off his line and attempts an ambitious strike from distance, but his effort sails well over the bar.
34' Shaw collects an offload following a great run from Greenwood, but the full-back sends his cross straight into the grasp of Martinez.
33' McTominay pulls back Watkins in the final third and gives away a needless free-kick. United have been a tad frenetic in their play since going behind.
32' For the tenth time this season, Manchester United have conceded the opening goal in an away Premier League game. However, the Red Devils are yet to lose on their travels when doing so, winning eight and drawing one of the other nine games.
30' Greenwood tries to twist and turn on the edge of the box, but he gets crowded out before he can pull the trigger.
29' Mings has to be alert at the back to prevent a cross from Wan-Bissaka reaching Rashford in the box. The defender has enjoyed a good start to the contest.
28' Traore is only the third Aston Villa player to score home and away against Manchester United in a Premier League season, after Julian Joachim in 1998-99 and Christian Benteke in 2014-15.
27' Pogba collects an offload from Shaw and tries to drill a strike at goal from distance, but Cash gets back to block his effort.
25' Rashford makes a good burst down the left flank past Cash, but his low cross into the box is turned behind by Mings.
Bertrand Traoré
Goal
Aston Villa
24' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! TRAORE FIRES VILLA AHEAD!!!!! 1-0!!!!! Traore creates room for himself in the left-inside channel and edges away from Lindelof before drilling a left-footed strike into the top-right corner. McGinn dispossesses McTominay on the edge of the box before Douglas Luiz takes over. He threads a pass through to Traore, who turns away from Lindelof. The Swede cannot get back at the winger before he supplies a perfect finish past Henderson.
22' CHALLENGE! Targett is in the right place at the right time to prevent Rashford from latching on to Greenwood's miscued strike at the back post. The forward would have had a tap-in if not for the Villa left-back.
20' It has been a competitive game thus far. Both teams have enjoyed periods of possession, although there has been a lack of clinical edge.
18' United are being forced to defend their penalty area against a series of crosses from the home side. Maguire and company have been solid thus far.
16' CHANCE! Pogba releases Rashford in the final third and the forward offloads towards Fernandes. However, the Portuguese takes a loose first touch and sends his right-footed strike wide of the left post.
14' Villa have absorbed the early pressure from the Red Devils and are beginning to work their way into the contest.
12' OVER! Traore latches on to a cross from McGinn from the right flank that Shaw fails to clear. He goes for a quick effort on the volley that is deflected over by the boot of Maguire.
11' The Villa corner comes to nothing as Targett gets his delivery to the back post wrong. United have a goal-kick to clear their lines.
11' McGinn sends Targett down the left flank and he tries to deliver a low cross into the box. Wan-Bissaka is there to divert his cross behind for a corner.
9' SAVE! United find success down the left flank between Pogba and Shaw, who double-team the stranded Cash. Pogba cuts inside, but is crowded out before he can shoot. Fred takes over and aims a left-footed effort at goal, only to send his strike straight at Martinez.
8' United have enjoyed a fast start to the contest and are putting the home side under a lot of pressure.
7' Pogba tries to place a left-footed strike into the bottom-right corner, but Martinez is able to make a comfortable save on this occasion.
6' SAVE! Shaw surges into the left-inside channel following a one-two with Rashford and he hammers a left-footed strike towards goal, but Martinez produces a solid stop before Targett clears the rebound.
4' Rashford cuts in from the left flank to fire at goal. His effort is deflected and loops towards Greenwood at the back post. The forward places it back across the face of goal, but there's no team-mate there to capitalise.
1' We're under way at Villa Park.
1' McGinn takes an early knock following a challenge by Fred. He takes a little while to get into full stride after the tackle.
Aston Villa have picked up just one win in their last 44 Premier League games against Manchester United (D11 L32) and are winless in their last 16 against them since a 1-0 win at Old Trafford in December 2009.
United have made four changes to their side that was beaten by Roma during the week. Cavani drops to the bench and is replaced by Rashford, while McTominay returns to the midfield in place of Van de Beek. Henderson ousts De Gea from between the posts, and Lindelof slots back into the back four as Bailly drops to the bench.
Villa are unchanged from their win over Everton last time out. Smith keeps faith with the same line-up which sees Barkely operate behind Watkins in the final third. Traore and El Ghazi will provide support from the flanks. Villa are still without the injured Jack Grealish, although the England midfielder is nearing a comeback. 
MANCHESTER UNITED SUBS: David de Gea, Eric Bailly, Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata, Alex Telles, Nemanja Matic, Brandon Williams, Donny van de Beek, Axel Tuanzebe.
MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): Dean Henderson; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw; Scott McTominay, Fred; Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba; Marcus Rashford.
ASTON VILLA SUBS: Tom Heaton, Wesley, Marvelous Nakamba, Ahmed El Mohamady, Kourtney Hause, Keinan Davis, Jacob Ramsey, Jaden Philogene-Bidace, Carney Chukwuemeka.
ASTON VILLA (4-2-3-1): Emiliano Martinez; Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Matt Targett; Douglas Luiz, John McGinn; Bertrand Traore, Ross Barkley, Anwar El Ghazi; Ollie Watkins.
United booked their place in the final of the Europa League during the week, despite their 3-2 defeat to Roma in the second leg of their semi-final clash. Their loss ended a seven-match unbeaten run in all competitions, although Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not be overly concerned with the result. The Red Devils can take a significant step foward in their pursuit of second place with a win this afternoon. Their top-four spot is all but secure, but they will want their domestic campaign to end on a strong note.
Villa still harbour ambitions of finishing in the top half of the Premier League and it remains more than a possibility after their 2-1 win over Everton last week. Dean Smith's men secured the victory on the road over the Toffees courtesy of strikes from Ollie Watkins and Anwar El Ghazi, ending a run of three matches without a win in the process. The Villains know they have to up the ante against United and it will take their best to claim another victory this afternoon.
Good afternoon and welcome to the live commentary of the Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park.