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Ander Herrera

Man­chester Uni­ted 3 As­ton Vil­la 1, Old Traf­ford, Eng­lish Pre­mier Lea­gue, April 4, 2015. Man­chester Uni­ted mo­ved in­to third place in the ta­ble fol­low­ing the 3-1 win ag­ainst re­leg­a­tion can­did­ates As­ton Vil­la. United´s goals came thro­ugh a double by An­der Her­rera and a single from Way­ne Roo­ney, whi­le Chris­ti­an Ben­teke re­gistered a con­sol­a­tion for Villa.

Man­chester Uni­ted had edged out North West en­emies Liver­pool by 2-1 at An­field in their pre­vi­ous Pre­mier Lea­gue fix­ture thanks to a double from Spain in­ter­na­tion­al mid­field play­maker Ju­an Ma­ta, whi­le As­ton Vil­la had suc­cumbed to a 1-0 de­feat at the hands of Swansea City at Vil­la Park in their last Pre­miership mat­ch. Louis van Gaal´s men went in front ag­ainst The Vil­lains when An­der Her­rera fired a low twelve-yard shot pa­st away goal­keeper Brad Guz­an and in­to the far bot­tom cor­ner of the net two min­utes ahead of the ha­lf-time break. In the sec­ond pe­riod, Way­ne Roo­ney doubled the ad­vant­age for Man­chester Uni­ted wi­th a fe­ro­cious ef­fort from in­side the pen­alty area which flew pa­st Guz­an and in­to the top cor­ner of the goal on 79 min­utes be­fore Chris­ti­an Ben­teke ma­naged to re­duce the de­fi­cit for Vil­la on­ly one min­ute af­ter­wards. But as the ga­me ap­proached its end, the ho­me te­am had their third goal of the clash as Her­rera fou­nd the back of the net in sec­ond ha­lf stop­page time. Af­ter com­fort­ably de­feat­ing Tim Sherwood´s strug­gling As­ton Vil­la si­de by 3-1 at their Old Traf­ford fort­ress, Man­chester Uni­ted mo­ved one place above cross­town ad­versar­ies Man­chester City in the Pre­mier Lea­gue stand­ings. The Reds now fou­nd them­selves sit­ting in third spot wi­th 62 points won from 31 mat­ches played, one point be­hind sec­ond po­si­tioned Ar­senal, and eight points adrift of top-flight lead­ers Chel­sea. Louis van Gaal: “I am look­ing high­er up than get­ting in­to the Cham­pi­ons Lea­gue, but we will have to win every week to do this.” Man­chester Uni­ted Te­am: Da­vid de Gea, Phil Jones, Mar­cos Rojo, Da­ley Bli­nd, An­tonio Va­lencia, Mar­ou­ane Fel­laini, Ju­an Ma­ta, Mi­chael Car­rick, Way­ne Young, An­der Her­rera, Ash­ley Young. Sub­stitutes: Ra­fael da Silva, An­gel Di Mar­ia, Ra­damel Fal­cao, Ad­nan Janu­zaj, An­dreas Pe­reira, Pad­dy McNair, Vic­tor Valdes. As­ton Vil­la Te­am: Brad Guz­an, Alan Hut­ton, Jores Okore, Ciaran Clark, Fa­bi­an Delph, Mat­thew Low­ton, 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.

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