In an exciting match at Old Trafford, Bruno Fernades scored the decisive goal to hand Manchester United victory.
“In the first half we were miles away,” he told Sky Sports. “It looked like a test match for the first 15 minutes. Then they got some pace in and took the lead deservedly.
“At half-time, I called for more and we deservedly got back into the game. Some decent saves had to be made by our goalkeeper, but they were all from outside the penalty area.
On the penalty for Manchester United: “I thought it was a penalty, but after the game I looked at it and saw that he tripped over himself.”
I don’t understand why it couldn’t have been looked at by Michael Oliver. That’s what the VAR is for, right? He tripped over himself. In soccer, there are margins.
I’ve been looking at it again, and I don’t think it’s a punishment.
At the moment, we know we are on a successful road. We assume we have five big new signings, plus players who are already ready for the Premier League.
“It’s only our second season in the league, but to play here and against Liverpool and Arsenal shows that our journey is going well so far.”
Premier League: At Old Trafford, Jamie Jackson watched Manchester United win a dramatic game with three goals to equal points with Liverpool’s league leaders.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka says: “This win shows how much work we put in and how strong this performance was,” Geoff Shreeves, a Sky Sports reporter, says.
On his cross for the opening objective of Anthony Martial: “I could only hear voices – back post, front post,” he said. “I just went for the front post and put it there.”
Aston Villa’s equalizer’s fault: “They played a quick free kick,” he said. It’s unfortunate, but we hit back, as you can see. The win means a lot to us, it shows where we’ve come from since the beginning of the season. We’re just going to take it game by game.
For us, it was a late start. We were in catch-up mode, but now we’re there. No excuses.
Manchester United, who travelled to Liverpool on Jan. 17, started the game after about 20 minutes, just before Villa took charge.
Back and forth, a really exciting game surged. Upon having the best of three Villa defenders, Anthony Martial gave United the lead and converted a cross from Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
As Villa took advantage of Aaron Wan-carelessness Bissaka’s from a free kick, Bertrand Traore equalized in the second half before United reclaimed the lead shortly afterwards.
After Douglas Luiz had brought down Paul Pogba in the box, Bruno Fernandes scored from the penalty spot.
Oh! Beep! Oh! Beep! Peeeeeeep, Peeeeeep! It’s all done at Old Trafford, where Manchester United have beaten Aston Villa by three goals and are now at the top of the Premier League table with Liverpool on points.
90+5 min: A counterattack is launched by Rashford, but he runs for a corner. He plays the ball inside to Pogba, who runs down the clock quite hesitantly. He transfers the ball back to Villa, who, one last time, goes forward, but to no avail.
90+4 min: When Watkins can’t find a cross, United eventually break free. United make a substitution: for Fred, Axel Tuanzebe comes on.
90+3 min: Cash from a distance gets in a shot that De Gea deflects for the third corner in a row.
After good work by McGinn and Cash on the right, 90+2 min: Villa win a corner. Grealish’s cross was cleared by Dan James for a corner.
90 min: Matic gets a yellow card on Grealish for a penalty. There are five minutes of stoppage time.
89 min: Rashford charges forward, the Villa defense retreats. He plays the ball wide – a bit too wide – to Dan James and the substitute’s shot can’t get past Martinez.
89 min: Luke Shaw gets a yellow card for a foul on Douglas Luiz.
88 min: James is on target immediately, his low shot is deflected by Emiliano Martinez and lands in the goal.
86 min: Man Utd makes a substitution: Dan James comes on for Bruno Fernandes. The Portuguese midfielder, who has been putting in an outstanding performance, looks very unfortunate to be taken out of the game.
86 min: Matic fouls Cash near the technical area and is perhaps lucky not to be cautioned.
84 min: Villa makes a substitution: Keinan Davis comes on for Anwar El-Ghazi.
82 min: Villa get a free kick in the box after El-Ghazi is blocked by Shaw in violation of the rules.
Matty Cash hits a cross to the far post where Mings heads just wide.
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