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Shaw and Mason Greenwood react after Aston Villa win.

United left-back Luke Shaw says 'we need to start better'.

Man Utd smash Aston Villa 3-1 [Getty]
Man Utd smash Aston Villa 3-1 [Getty]

FT: Aston Villa 1-3 Man Utd.

Manchester United's 3-1 win against Aston Villa means Man City’s Premier League celebration is on hold for now.

The Red Devils came from behind to beat the Villains at Villa Park as they cut the gap at the top of the England top flight to 10 points.

At half-time, it looked as if Pep Guardiola's Cityzens were going to be crowned champions as the homeside were leading 1-0, thanks to a stunning Bertrand Traore’s strike.

But, as often as it has been this season, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s boys responded with a brilliant display in the second half and got their reward through Bruno Fernandes, who found the net from the penalty spot, before Mason Greenwood fired the ball into the bottom corner with a superb finish.

Later on, Edinson Cavani, who replaced Greenwood, wrapped up the win with a glancing header before Ollie Watkins was sent off.

After the victory, United defender Luke Shaw told Sky Sports: "Going 1-0 down in the first half we knew it was going to be a hard game and we have been in this situation so many times - second half we came back much better.

"That's a positive but we need to start the first half better than we normally do. Maybe we're not ready for the game but we have the quality and can't keep counting on second-half performances.

"He (Solskjaer) said exactly what I have just said, we have been in this situation a lot of times, we have the quality, are a fit team and we always believe. When we got the first goal I felt we were going to win.

"We are just focusing on ourselves, even more so we look at the City result and we are disappointed with the points we have let go this season. We have two games in four days, we need to be ready."

United goalscorer Greenwood admitted ‘coming back to win gives us a boost.'

The 19-year-old said to BBC Sport of United coming from behind to get a result for the 10th time this season: "It is some achievement. We don't really want to go behind but it gives us a little boost to come back and get the win.

"It was well improved [in the second half]. Ole said his bits in the changing room. It seemed to pay off.

"To be on the main stage and scoring important goals like today, it means a lot.

"We just concentrate on ourselves, we take it game by game. We want to get as many points as we can and keep the pressure on."

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