Scott McTominay’s late winner earned Manchester United a first away league victory against a top-nine side under Erik ten Hag, as Aston Villa were beaten 2-1 to blow the race for Champions League football wide open.
In-form United started fast at Villa Park and took a deserved lead through Rasmus Hojlund’s fifth goal in five Premier League games.
Villa dominated the big chances but found Andre Onana in inspired form, with the United goalkeeper making four big saves, including two from Ollie Watkins.
The pressure eventually told as Douglas Luiz fired home from Leon Bailey’s cross with over 20 minutes to go – but United had the last laugh.
Substitute McTominay headed Diogo Dalot’s first-time cross in from close range with four minutes of normal time to play to earn United a precious three points, which moves them within five points of fifth-placed Villa.
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Aston Villa return to Premier League action on Saturday. They travel to Fulham on February 17; kick-off 3pm.
Man Utd are back on Super Sunday next weekend. They travel to Luton in the Premier League on February 18, live on Sky Sports; kick-off 4.30pm.
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