FT: Aston Villa 1-3 Man Utd
Man City’s Premier League champions celebration is on hold for now at least following Man United's win at Aston Villa Park.
Manchester United's 3-1 win against Aston Villa means 'no party on the blue side tonight' in Manchester and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is happy with that.
The Red Devils came from behind to beat the Villains at Villa Park as they cut the gap at the top of the Premier League table 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 wonderful strike by Bertrand Traore.
But, as often as it has been this season, United 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.
Following the victory, Solskjaer told BBC Sport: "A great result and it takes a little bit of pressure away from having to get results because the next two are against very good teams. I thought we did well first half, we started brightly, they scored a good goal but we came back last 10-15 minutes and I felt confident we would create chances, it was jut about taking them and we did that today."
On coming from behind again to win, the Norwegian said: “It shows character, resilience, belief, fitness. It is difficult at times, especially when you travel back and don’t get home until 5am Friday and then travel here. It is a long season and I am delighted for everyone."
On Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani, he asserted: "It is not bad having Edinson to come on for Mason after Mason has done what he has. Mason is exceptional in and around the box. Right foot, left foot he is even learning heading. He is getting assists too and what a guy to learn from, Edinson has done it all, and hopefully, he will keep doing it for us."
On delaying City from winning the title, he said: “That would be the biggest upset in football history but at least we don’t travel back to a party on the blue side tonight."