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Man Utd enjoy narrow victory at Villa

Manchester United managed a 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Friday night, in an unconvincing performance from the Red Devils.

The only goal came from United youngster Adnan Januzaj, who proved a point as to why he should be starting games for United this season. The youngster started the game in his favoured position, as a central attacking midfielder playing behind single striker Wayne Rooney.

Januzaj showed off great composure to score a great goal, and ultimately the winner for an average United side.

Memphis Depay moved into his natural position, the left wing and proved to be a tricky player for the Villa defence. He was denied by Brad Guzan as the goalkeeper ran forward to prevent another United goal.

United goalkeeper Sergio Romero had a quiet game, rarely being troubled and managed to keep a second consecutive clean sheet. David de Gea watched on from the stands again today, as manager Louis van Gaal said the keeper was troubled by a proposed move to Real Madrid.

The first half came to an end with United 1-0 in front, a deserved scoreline after Villa failed to attack despite having decent amount of possession.

New Villa signing Jordan Ayew had a chance to level the scoreline shortly after half-time, but his wild shot ended up over the crossbar.

Villa raised the tempo during the beginning of the first-half, with Amavi bombing down the left wing to drill a cross that evaded everyone.

A raft of substitutions came next, with Villa bringing on Gestede to replace Scott Sinclair and United replacing Carrick and Januzaj with Schweinsteiger and Herrera.

The substitutions definitely refreshed a lagging United side, allowing them to continue controlling the game with some great passes from Schweinsteiger.

Memphis Depay had a great chance, he should have opened his Premier League account 18 minutes from time, but shot wide in front of an empty goal.

Mata had a great game, often opening up the Villa defence and playing several fine passes to his fellow team-mates.

Aston Villa new boy Adama Traore watched on from the stands, with boss Tim Sherwood hoping to call upon the winger next weekend.


Aston Villa: 0

Manchester United: 1 (Adnan Januzaj 29' )

Report by Alfie Bowen

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