Aston Villa 0-0 — 0
Manchester United 1-0 — 1
Adnan Januzaj repaid Louis van Gaal’s faith in him by scoring the lone goal in Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa on Friday night.
The win was the second straight 1-0 triumph for Manchester United, who went top of the Barclays Premier League table with the victory.
The match was played on Friday — the first EPL match on Friday in 11 years (excluding holidays) — because of a march scheduled in Birmingham on Saturday. Next season the Premier League will experiment with Friday games.
Check below for stats and highlights of the match.
Aston Villa: Guzan, Bacuna, Richards, Clark, Amavi, Veretout, Gueye, Westwood, Ayew, Agbonlahor, Sinclair.
Manchester United: Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Mata, Depay, Januzaj, Rooney.
Goals: Januzaj (29′)
Shots (On Goal): Aston Villa: 5 (1 on goal); Manchester United 9 (2 on goal)
Tackles: Aston Villa 21, Manchester United 23
Fouls: Aston Villa 14, Manchester United 10
Possession: Aston Villa 46%, Manchester United 54%
Cards: Aston Villa: Jordan Ayew (71′), Idrissa Gueye (90′); Manchester United: Ander Herrera (74′), Matteo Darmian (84′).
Adnan Januzaj Hooked in a Deflected Goal to Give Manchester United 1-0 Lead
A surprise insertion to the starting lineup, Adnan Januzaj got Manchester United on the board on the half hour mark. A nice through ball by Juan Mata set up the Belgian, who made the first defender miss before firing a low shot that deflected past Aston Villa goalie Brad Guzan and in off the far post.
Memphis Depay Missed a Shot in the 73rd Minute for Manchester United
Chances were few and far between during the match, but new signing Memphis Depay had a golden opportunity to wrap up all three points. An excellent long ball fell right to his feet, but his shot went just wide of the post.
Preview: Aston Villa Welcome Manchester United to Villa Park
Sergio Romero will once again get the start in goal for Manchester United, who will look to keep another clean sheet when they visit Aston Villa on Friday night. Though wins haven’t always come via the shutout, Manchester United have dominated Villa over the past decade to the tune of 30 wins and six draws in the last 37 matches.
Aston Villa just missed relegation to the Championship by three points last year, and most expect a tough climb for them this year after losing Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph to the big spenders. They claimed three crucial points in an opening-day win away to Premier League newboys Bournemouth last weekend.
Villa are looking to win their first two Premier League matches for the first time since 1999/2000. In an attempt to avoid relegation, money from the Benteke fee was reinvested into the squad in the form of mostly French Ligue 1 players. Will the unique strategy work?
The Red Devils host Club Brugge in a Champions League qualifier next Tuesday.
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