Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has four lucky players after Aston Villa win

Man Utd: Solskjaer thrilled to reach Europa League final

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Manchester United prevented Manchester City from being crowned champions by beating Aston Villa on Sunday. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side came close to being beaten for the first time on the road this term. However, they managed to pick up all three points courtesy of a penalty from Bruno Fernandes, a fine strike from Mason Greenwood and a header from Edinson Cavani.

Manchester United went into the game against Villa full of confidence.

Though they lost 3-2 to Roma on Thursday night, they still made the Europa League final regardless.

However, United were flat during the early embers of the contest – falling behind after a sensational strike from Bertrand Traore.

Luckily for Solskjaer, they upped the ante in the second half.

Fernandes levelled via a penalty after Paul Pogba went down inside the box, with Greenwood and Cavani then striking to give them all three points.

It wasn’t a vintage performance, however, with many players not at their best. So Express Sport will take a look at the quartet who were lucky to end up on the winning side.

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Victor Lindelof

Rested for the defeat to Roma, Victor Lindelof was reinstated to the side for today’s match with Villa.

But the Sweden international looked leggy and jaded, which is surprising given how recently he was given a breather.

Lindelof was at fault for Traore’s goal, failing to clear his lines and allowing the 25-year-old to strike home.

He should have been stronger in the tackle but, instead, he was shrugged off far too easily.

While Lindelof is a silky defender, he’s still a liability at times. And it’s no surprise Solskjaer is eyeing Real Madrid star Raphael Varane behind the scenes.


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Scott McTominay

Scott McTominay was another player rested for the match against Roma with this fixture in mind.

And, like Lindelof, the Scotland international produced a dire display as his side left Villa Park with just a point, rather than all three, to their name.

McTominay regularly gave the ball away, looked out of his depth and didn’t look creative on a disappointing afternoon.

Spare a prayer for the thoughts of Donny van de Beek, who impressed against Roma and deserved to keep his place.

And McTominay must improve if he’s to continue being a regular in Solskjaer’s midfield.


Fred wasn’t one of the players rested for the Europa League defeat in midweek.

But that shouldn’t excuse the Brazil international, who put in a sloppy performance as his side gave up the title.

Everything went either sideways or backwards, much to the anger of fans on social media.

And he was also partly responsible for Traore’s goal, being far too pedestrian with McTominay in the middle of the park.

He’s certainly improved but it’s easy to see why United are eyeing Declan Rice, who would be an undisputed upgrade.

Marcus Rashford

It’s been a good season for Marcus Rashford, with the England international scoring 20 goals across all competitions for the second year in a row.

Yet, against Villa, he was poor.

Rashford was benched for the match against Roma and he struggled to get into his groove, with Dean Smith’s side able to keep him at bay.

He’s clearly still feeling his way back to full fitness.

But he’ll need to get better if United are to win the biggest titles on offer.

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