Man United 4-2 Aston Villa: Fernandes on target as Red Devils defeat Villa in 6-goal thriller, Rashford, Martial also on the scoresheet

Manchester United have eliminated Unai Emery and Aston Villa from the Carbao cup with a massive 4-2 victory at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils had fallen behind 3 minutes after the restart via an Ollie Watkins goal but that was cancelled out by Anthony Martial’s brilliant equaliser. Villa then went in front again via an own goal from Diogo Dalot. Marcus Rashford was able to bring United back into the game in the 67th minute with a fine effort.

Bruno Fernandes ensured victory for United with a beautiful goal in the 78th minute before McTominay rounded things up at the death, dealing a quick revenge on Unai Emery’s side that defeated the Red Devils over the weekend!

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Goal! Manchester United 4-2 Aston Villa

McTominay pokes home. Garnacho assist with a cross.

Goal! Manchester United 3-2 Aston Villa

Bailey does brilliantly to alleviate the growing pressure on his side by turning away from a few defenders in the middle of the park before finding Watkins in space but he trips on the ball.

And it proves costly as United come up the other end – Olsen looks to be securely in possession but his sloppy pass gifts it to Garnacho. He rolls it to Fernandes whose strike takes a deflection off Mings and finds the back of the net.

Goal! Manchester United 2-2 Aston Villa

Rashford with a well-taken goal. That is his eighth of the season.

Goal! Manchester United 1-2 Aston Villa

Villa are leading again – OG from Dalot. A fantastic cross from Young to cause danger.

Goal! Manchester United 1-1 Aston Villa

The home side hit back instantly! Where has this come from?

Nineteen seconds after the restart a simple ball over the top releases Fernandes down the right and he squares it for Martial to roll into an empty net from yards out.

Goal! Manchester United 0-1 Aston Villa

Ollie Watkins scores to break the deadlock. That is the much needed heat we needed in this game!

Second Half

We are back for the second 45!

Half-time

Nothing to separate both teams at the break.

Kick Off!

We are underway!

Starting XI

In terms of the team news guesswork, there are seven changes. That is sufficient rotation from Ten Hag and an acknowledgement he has not made enough changes in the midweek European matches.

Martinez has started all but one game this season, so it is advisable giving him a breather, but he is so important to United and after Lindelof’s performance at Villa one suspected Martinez would continue. The Argentine has been United’s player of the season so far.

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