United's players, many of whom have struggled for form this season, blossomed at Old Trafford as Aston Villa were dispatched 3-0.
The United team was:
De Gea, Rafael, Evra, Jones, Evans, Valencia, Giggs, Carrick, Kagawa, Rooney (Welbeck 72), Van Persie
Subs not used: Lindegaard, Ferdinand, Buttner, Nani, Cleverley, Hernandez
Goals: Van Persie 2, 12, 33
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