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Manchester United tied Liverpool on points atop the Premier League after a thrilling 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford, secured with a Bruno Fernandes penalty.
The game exploded with intensity on both sides from the start and it was United who took the lead near the break.
But the second half was even better, with two quick goals, including that of Fernandes, which ultimately secured Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men three crucial points. In fact, the Red Devils still have a game in hand over their arch rivals on pole position.
United showed immediate attack intent when Fernandes and Paul Pogba entered Villa’s left.
But after Emiliano Martínez made saves to deny a curling iron from Fernandes and a header from Harry Maguire, it was Villa’s turn to attack.
They had struggled to chain passes together, but in doing so, Matty Cash outplayed Pogba and sent a deep cross to John McGinn, whose volley forced David de Gea into action.
Indeed, the visitors then experienced a period of constant pressure, with defended left and right centers.
But it was United who went ahead with a header from Martial. Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who spoke in the show notes on how to improve your attack influence, clinging to a fancy Marcus Rashford movie.
From there, he advanced and from his center, Martial stepped between Villa’s defenders and headed home.
The 40-minute goal ensured that both sides started the second half in spectacular fashion, with several chances in the first 10 minutes.
Rashford He beat two players on the edge of the area before Martinez picked up his snapshot. For Villa, Ollie Watkins crossed the goal again and forced a fantastic save from De Gea.
And while the game was getting lively, two goals in the space of three minutes came for each side.
Quickfire double at Old Trafford
Bertrand Traore destroyed his house after Jack grealishThe cross twisted forward. Then, Douglas Luiz fouled Pogba in the penalty area and Fernandes scored the penalty in the left corner.
But the second half kept getting better. Watkins’ barely deflected header came between Martial’s powerful shots and Fernandes forced Martinez into spectacular action.
Pogba and Rashford, meanwhile, fired wide and a bit more, respectively.
But when the game entered its final ten minutes, Villa kept pushing. From a wide free kick, Tyrone Mings passed Maguire but headed wide.
However, United watched the game to send another signal of intent about their potential title credentials this season.