Manchester United’s dismissal of David Moyes came 12 months to the day they were confirmed as Premier League champions last season.
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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