Aston Villa v Manchester United Live Commentary, 09/07/2020

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Bruno Fernandes (27 pen)
M. Greenwood (45+5)
P. Pogba (58)
Villa Park


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Solskjaer's side are back in action on Monday with a home match against Southampton, while Villa - four points from safety with four games to go - play host to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
United maintain their good run of form with a 3-0 win over Villa that moves them within a point of fourth-placed Leicester. Fernandes opened the scoring from the penalty spot - the spot-kick controversially awarded for Konsa's supposed challenge on the midfielder - and further goals followed from Greenwood and Pogba either side of half-time.
90' + 2' GOOD SAVE! Pogba charges forward and slots the ball through for Rashford, who does not have to break stride in getting a shot away. Reina does well to make a save down low and keep the deficit at just the three goals.
90' Three minutes have been added on at the end of the match at Villa Park.
89' United have completed over 600 passes today and are now up to 66 per cent in terms of possession. Shaw is played in on the overlap down the left but cannot squeeze the ball past Hause.
Yellow Card
Manchester United
87' Not for the first time today, a challenge on Grealish - this time from Fred - leads to the referee reaching into his pocket.
86' The game is being played at walking pace now, with both teams seemingly happy to hear the full-time whistle. Grealish tries to make something happen down the left but has no options.
I. Vassilev
Douglas Luiz
Aston Villa
84' Luiz is off and Vassilev on in his place as Smith makes his fourth change of the match.
84' RARE VILLA CHANCE! Villa turn over possession and that leads to their first chance of the half. Luiz cuts the ball back for Hourihane and his powerful shot hits Lindelof in front of goal.
83' Rashford wins the right to take the free-kick around 25 yards out. He seems confident but the effort is a good five yards off target.
M. Nakamba
Yellow Card
Aston Villa
81' Nakamba is the latest player to be cautioned for clipping the heel of James, who was charging straight for goal.
80' James cuts inside from the left and bends a shot-cross just wide of the target. Rashford was running in at the back post but could not get a touch.
D. James
M. Greenwood
Manchester United
79' James comes on for Greenwood to give Villa's tired defenders something else to worry about.
O. Ighalo
A. Martial
Manchester United
79' Martial does not look at all happy to be taken off. Ighalo is on in his place with the points already in the bag.
77' Shaws plays the ball in behind for Rashford, who holds it up and feeds it back to his team-mate on the overlap. Shaw's cross does not quite reach Martial, with Konsa getting to it first.
75' As things stand, United will be within one point of fourth-placed Leicester City. As for Villa, they are four points from safety with four games to go.
73' McTominay and Fred are now playing as United's holding midfielders. The visitors knock the ball around in the final third of the field, the attack culminating in Williams' right-sided cross being overhit.
Bruno Fernandes
Manchester United
71' The hugely impressive Fernandes - another goal and assist for him today - is replaced by Fred in central midfield.
70' It is time for the second cooling break of the contest. Villa have been poor in the second half and would probably welcome the full-time whistle now.
68' United are already going through the motions, knowing that the points are safely in the bag. It is now a case of damage limitation for Villa following the visitors' third goal of the match.
B. Williams
A. Wan-Bissaka
Manchester United
66' Wan-Bissaka is given a bit of a breather, with youngster Williams on in his place.
S. McTominay
N. Matić
Manchester United
66' Solskjaer makes a double change with around 25 minutes to go. McTominay is on for Matic in the first of those substitutions.
65' Martial's poked shot deflects off Nakamba and loops into the air. Reina watches it all the way and collects with both hands.
64' This is another worry for Smith as Grealish appears to have twisted his ankle. He hobbles to the sidelines but is now back on the field and seems to be okay to continue for now.
63' Villa have looked poor defensively today and could easily ship another few goals at this rate. As for United, they are on course for a fourth successive league win by at least a three-goal margin - that has never been done before in the Premier League.
61' OFF THE BAR! Martial takes Fernandes' pass in his stride and thumps the ball against the frame of the goal. Villa keeper Reina did not even bother moving - that is how quickly the ball was moving.
M. Nakamba
J. McGinn
Aston Villa
59' Nakamba is on for McGinn, who picked up a knock in the first half, in Villa's second substitution.
K. Davis
M. Samatta
Aston Villa
59' Davis takes over from Samatta up top in the first substitution of the match.
C. Hourihane
A. El Ghazi
Aston Villa
58' Smith makes a triple change as Hourihane is on for El Ghazi.
Bruno Fernandes
Manchester United
58' Yet another assist for Fernandes! He spotted Pogba in all sorts of space on the edge of the box and successfully picked him out.
P. Pogba
Manchester United
58' GOOOOAAAALLLL!!! VILLA 0-3 UNITED!! Pogba wraps up the three points for United! Fernandes picks out an unmarked Pogba from the corner and the Frenchman, after initially struggling to get the ball out of his feet, sends a 20-yard shot spinning away from Reina.
57' GOAL DISALLOWED! Pogba spreads it wide to Rashford and the forward cuts inside before unleashing a powerful shot past Reina. The final touch comes off Pogba, however, and the Frenchman is in an offside position so the goal is chalked off.
55' SHOT! Trezeguet tees up McGinn for a shot 22 yards out. The midfielder knows how to hit the ball, but he does not get the connection he would have liked and De Gea has a routine save to make.
53' Mason Greenwood is only the second teenager to score in three consecutive Premier League appearances for Manchester United, following on from club-record goalscorer Wayne Rooney back in February 2005.
E. Konsa
Yellow Card
Aston Villa
52' Konsa drags back Rashford, who was looking to sprint clear, and enters the referee's book.
50' SITTER! Rashford drags the ball back and then digs out a cross for Wan-Bissaka at the back post. The full-back, without a goal for the club, somehow heads wide from inside the six-yard box.
49' PENALTY SHOUT! Maguire puts his arm across Samatta and the Villa striker goes to ground. He went down a little theatrically but Villa will argue that is more of a penalty than the one Jonathan Moss awarded in the first half.
47' Wan-Bissaka's deep cross is cleared by Konsa. United have a little more urgency to their game early in this second period.
46' RESTART! Villa get us back up and running at Villa Park. The hosts have it all to do if they are to rescue something from this game.
Solskjaer's side were below par up until the closing stages of the first half, yet they have a commanding lead and are well on their way to a fourth league win in a row. United have the likes of Ighalo, James and Mata among their subs should they wish to freshen things up, while Villa can turn to Davis, Hourihane and Jota among others.
United take a two-goal lead into half-time thanks to Fernandes' penalty and Greenwood's powerful drive. Villa had been on top before the visitors' opener, which came from a controversially-awarded penalty given for Konsa's supposed challenge on Fernandes. There was nothing controversial about the second - Greenwood drilling the ball in from range after Martial turned over possession inside his own half.
A. Martial
Manchester United
45' + 5' Martial won the ball deep and linked up with Greenwood in the final third. That is brilliant play from the in-form Frenchman.
M. Greenwood
Manchester United
45' + 5' GOOOOAAAALLL!!! VILLA 0-2 UNITED!! Martial takes the ball off Mings inside his own half. Fernandes plays it forward and Greenwood exchanges passes with Martial before firing a shot past Reina from 20 yards.
N. Matić
Yellow Card
Manchester United
45' + 3' Matic stretches for the ball but only succeeds in catching Grealish on the shin. He is shown the second yellow card of the contest.
45' + 2' The visitors hit Villa on the break. The ball is spread to the right but Fernandes' overhit pass is gathered by Reina.
45' + 1' NEARLY A SECOND! Shaw exchanges passes with Martial and floats a cross to the edge of the six-yard box. Fernandes meets it unmarked but cannot keep the header on target, the ball skimming the crossbar on its way over.
44' United are knocking the ball around pretty much uncontested in the closing stages of the half. Wan-Bissaka offers Rashford an option on the overlap but is unable to beat the first man with his cross.
42' It has been a disjointed first-half display from United, yet they lead Villa 1-0 with around three minutes to go until the interval. Taylor tries to wriggle clear of Wan-Bissaka down the left but is unable to keep the ball in play.
A. Wan-Bissaka
Yellow Card
Manchester United
40' Wan-Bissaka needlessly lunges in on Samatta, who was going away from goal, and is shown the first yellow card of the contest.
38' PENALTY SHOUT! Rashford brings the ball inside Mings and goes to ground after seemingly being caught by Luiz, but the referee does not point to the spot on this occasion.
36' ANOTHER SAVE! There is no doubt that the United penalty will be fiercely debated at full-time. It has changed the complexion of the match, with the visitors now very much on top. Greenwood drives into the box and tests Reina with a slightly miscued low shot.
34' SAVE! Martial is allowed to cut in from the left and he curls a low shot on target. It is a little central, though, and Reina has a pretty comfortable stop to make.
33' Villa were the better side up until Fernandes' controversially-awarded penalty, but they have not really managed to get into the game since falling behind. McGinn is down clutching his knee - that will be a big concern for Smith.
31' Manchester United have won 13 penalties in the Premier League this season. No team have ever won more in a single campaign in the competition (also Leicester City in 2015-16 and Crystal Palace in 2004-05).
29' That was a big call from the officials. Fernandes was very smart in inviting the contact from Konsa, although it looked more as though the Portuguese midfielder's momentum took him into his opponent. Smith is unhappy and it is easy to see why.
Bruno Fernandes
Penalty Goal
Manchester United
27' GOOOOAAAALLLL!!! VILLA 0-1 UNITED!! Fernandes sends the penalty into the bottom-left corner and Reina dives the opposite way. United are on their way to another big victory.
26' PENALTY TO UNITED! Against the run of play, United have won a penalty. Fernandes pirouettes and is caught by Konsa just inside the box. After a brief VAR check, referee Jonathan Moss stands by his initial decision.
25' OFF THE POST! Play resumes following the first drinks break of the contest. Villa pick up from where they left off, with Trezeguet dispossessing Pogba in midfield, carrying the ball forward and curling a shot against the outside of the post.
24' This is the first time since November 2006 that United have named the same starting line-up for four league games running. They have looked below par so far in comparison to those previous three matches, with Fernandes struggling to get involved.
22' Villa have been the better side so far. They are having plenty of joy down the right and have created the only chance of the game so far, which Grealish was unable to take.
20' CHANCE! Konsa sends in a second good delivery in as many minutes from the Villa right. Grealish is left all alone at the back post but volleys over the crossbar.
19' Trezeguet leaves a right-sided cross for Luiz, who tries to head it back across goal. It hits Wan-Bissaka on the back and goes out for a corner.
17' Villa are enjoying a prolonged spell on the ball. Taylor sends in a cross from the left, which Shaw gets on the end of.
16' United have dominated possession but have yet to really do anything with it. Smith will be pleased enough with Villa's display in the opening 16 minutes.
14' Pogba's first-time pass into the box is not dealt with by Mings. He allows the ball to bounce under his boot but thankfully has Hause behind him to sweep up.
13' Grealish whips a wide set-piece into a dangerous zone. Samatta attacks it but Rashford gets in front of the striker and earns a free-kick for his side.
11' Luiz's free-kick hits Pogba on the end of United's four-man wall and is cleared away.
10' Matic is caught in possession and Fernandes barges into El Ghazi to halt the attack. It has been a very stop-start opening 10 minutes at Villa Park.
9' Manchester United are looking to become the first team in Premier League history to win four consecutive matches by a margin of three or more goals.
7' Lindelof and Maguire combine to deal with Luiz's aerial pass, which Samatta was desperate to get on the end of.
6' Samatta is flagged for offside when getting on the end of El Ghazi's throughball. Replays show that it was the correct call from the officials.
5' El Ghazi's shot from a long way out is well off target. That is near enough the first time today Villa have got the ball forward.
4' Greenwood miscues his shot but claims he was pushed to the floor when about to pull the trigger. The contact from Luiz is minimal and the referee Jonathan Moss waves play on.
2' The visitors have been allowed to dominate possession in the early stages. Villa will likely continue to sit off in the hope of hitting their opponents on the counter.
1' KICK-OFF! United, aiming to close the gap on fourth-placed Leicester to one point, get us under way at Villa Park.
The sides are making their way onto the field and kick-off at Villa Park is now just moments away. This match will be played behind closed doors, as will every other Premier League game between now and the end of the season.
Aston Villa have won one of their last 42 Premier League meetings with Manchester United, with that victory coming at Old Trafford in 2009. United are without defeat in their last 20 away league encounters with Villa - the longest unbeaten run one team has had against another in top-flight history.
United have named the same starting line-up for a fourth league game running. De Gea is making his 399th appearance for the club, seeing him become the club's record overseas appearance maker, while Lindelof is fit to start alongside Maguire despite limping off in the 5-2 win over Bournemouth.
Smith has made just the one change from Villa's defeat at Anfield on Sunday, with Samatta replacing Davis up top for his seventh Premier League start. Star man Grealish and Mings picked up calf injuries against Liverpool but are deemed fit enough to start here.
Subs: Fred, Andreas Pereira, Scott McTominay, Brandon Williams, Eric Bailly, Daniel James, Sergio Romero, Odion Ighalo, Juan Mata.
UNITED XI (4-2-3-1): David de Gea; Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire (c), Luke Shaw; Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic; Mason Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford; Anthony Martial.
Subs: Frederic Guilbert, Keinan Davis, Orjan Nyland, Conor Hourihane, Jota, Marvelous Nakamba, Indiana Vassilev, Henri Lansbury, Ahmed Elmohamady.
VILLA XI (4-4-1-1): Pepe Reina; Ezri Konsa, Kortney Hause, Tyrone Mings, Neil Taylor; Anwar El Ghazi, Douglas Luiz, John McGinn, Trezeguet; Jack Grealish (c); Mbwana Samatta.
United have been in fine form either side of the three-month hiatus, going 16 matches without defeat in all competitions. That includes a run of three successive wins in the league to climb up to fifth, just four points behind fourth-placed Leicester City.
Villa lost 2-0 to champions Liverpool on Sunday and are now winless in their last nine Premier League matches, seven of those ending in defeat. Dean Smith's men are four points adrift of safety with just four more games to play after this visit of in-form United.
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