Man United 3 Aston Villa 1
After an international break, The Reds played host to relegation struggling Aston Villa at Old Trafford in the Premier League. Manchester United had to make do without the playing services of Dutch striker Robin van Persie and former Southampton left fullback Luke Shaw because of injury problems, while Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans remained suspended. The Old Trafford club had defeated Sunderland 2-0, Newcastle United 1-0, Tottenham Hotspur 3-0, and Liverpool 2-1 in their four last Premier League fixtures and they were expected by most pundits to overcome The Villains on their own soil. The Mancunians dominated early on and Argentine international Marcos Rojo almost put the red shirts ahead with a long-distance rocket in the 23rd minute of proceedings. The Midlands side also had their scoring opportunities during the opening forty-five minutes, but their lethargic forwards failed to find the target. With the first frame ticking down, Manchester United ultimately took the lead in the encounter when a pull-back from versatile defender Daley Blind found previous Athletic Bilbao midfield ace Ander Herrera who managed to beat experienced Aston Villa and United States netminder Brad Guzan with an accurate low shot from twelve yards out which went into the far bottom corner of the goal a mere two minutes ahead of the half-time whistle being blown.
Following the restart, Wayne Rooney registered the second goal of the afternoon for Manchester United as The Three Lions marksman received a brilliant pass from Ashley Young replacement Angel Di Maria before hammering an unstoppable effort from inside the eighteen-yard box past Guzan and into the top corner of the net in the 79th minute of the contest. Belgian attacker Christian Benteke pulled one back for The Claret and Blue when he scored with a somewhat lucky strike strike that went under Spain shot stopper David de Gea and into the onion bag just one minute later, but Herrera eventually completed his double as he met a clever cut-back from fellow midfield man Juan Mata to put the ball into the net in second half stoppage time, making the final score 3-1 to United. A strong running playmaker with an eye for goal too, Ander Herrera had now notched up five goals in nineteen Premiership appearances for Manchester United since his arrival in England at the start of the 2014-15 campaign. Manchester United Team: David de Gea, Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind, Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata, Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney. Substitutes: Rafael da Silva, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Adnan Januzaj, Andreas Pereira, Paddy McNair, Victor Valdes. Aston Villa Team: Brad Guzan, Alan Hutton, Matt Lowton, Jores Okore, Ciaran Clark, Fabian Delph, Charles N’Zogbia, Carlos Sanchez, Andi Weimann, Gabby Agbonlahor, Christian Benteke. Substitutes: Shay Given, Nathan Baker, Ron Vlaar, Leandro Bacuna, Carles Gil, Joe Cole, Jack Grealish.