Man Utd winners and losers as Fernandes and Martial strikes sink Aston Villa

Manchester United moved level on points with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League after a 2-1 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford.

The hosts took the lead after a relatively even first half in the 40th minute as Anthony Martial turned in Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s cross.

Villa grabbed an equaliser just before the hour mark thanks to Bertrand Traore’s smart finish.

But it was short lived as United went ahead again curtesy of a Bruno Fernandes penalty after Paul Pogba was brought down by Douglas Luiz.

So who impressed and who had a game to forget for United? Daily Star Sport has the lowdown.


Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Wan-Bissaka showed there is more to his game than just defending with an excellent run and cross to set up Martial for United’s opener.

The England right-back was lively throughout the game, showing why he is one of the best in his position.

Anthony Martial

Worked very hard up front and earned his goal with a smart header to put United ahead.

Will need to dig deep with Edinson Cavani out suspended to keep his performance levels up for the next couple of games.

Paul Pogba

Impressed once again in a more advanced role, harrying without the ball and looking for a killer pass on it.

Was clever to win a penalty in the way he did, and would have found the back of the net himself if it wasn’t for some poor finishing.


Edinson Cavani

Cavani served the first of his three-match suspension in the win over Villa, and will have watched on from home as Martial impressed up front.

The Uruguayan will be wanting to get back on the pitch as soon as possible.

Eric Bailly

Looked a bit shaky at the back, and picked up an unnecessary yellow card to leave him treading on egg shells for a large portion of the game.

Solskjaer will be hoping Victor Lindelof will be fit in time for the Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester City.

Scott McTominay

The Scot had one of his worst games this season before being taken off for Nemanja Matic 25 minutes from time.

McTominay failed to have any real impact on the game in defence or attack, much unlike his showing against Leeds.

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