MANCHESTER UNITED HAS ALMOST CONFIRMED THAT THEY WILL BE IN THE TOP FOUR OF THE PREMIER LEAGUE. AND THE TEAM HAS CONFIRMED THAT THEIR RIVALS MANCHESTER CITY WILL HAVE TO WAIT TO BE NAMED CHAMPIONS AFTER BEATING ASTON VILLA AT VILLA PARK.
Despite losing 3-2 in the second leg to Roma on Thursday, they have sealed their place in the Europa League final. Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood scored in the second half.
And his successor Edinson Cavani made sure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team only needed one point. The remaining four games will be used to defend their Champions League position.
Villa’s victory would have ended City’s title hopes after they were defeated 2-1 by Chelsea on Saturday. And midway through the first half, Bertrand Traore’s brilliant finish in the top corner threatened to do just that.
As United struggled to respond at first, Emiliano Martinez equalized with Greenwood and Marcus Rashford’s efforts. At the same time, Dean Henderson stopped Ollie Watkins’ strike to deny Villa a chance just before halftime.
Fernandes’ penalty kick gave United a boost shortly after the season began.
Greenwood completed a four-minute turnaround after Douglas Luiz fouled Paul Pogba. And when his low-key strike landed at the bottom.
The handball VAR test against Greenwood was called off after Luiz directed the ball into the United player’s arm.
And the visitors were able to withstand Villa’s previous pressure. Despite the loss of captain Harry Maguire due to injury, Cavani secured victory in the final months.
The Villa Watkins striker was also shown a red card in the tense final. Under pressure from goalkeeper Henderson, he received a second booking for impersonation.
United is ten points behind City, who was named champion. However, they will have a chance to pick up four points as they face Leicester and Liverpool before the club’s next game.
United is fighting back once more.
Solskjaer made four changes from a midweek trip to Rome, despite an exhausting short-term navigation plan. In Rome, where he will play for the second time in four days and the eighth time in eight days.
A situation arose after a weekend league match with Liverpool was called off due to fan protests.
Henderson, Marcus Rashford, Scott McTominay, and Victor Lindelof all began their careers at Villa Park. Lindelof, on the other hand, had to strongly oppose Traore’s opening. Henderson had little chance of stopping his excellent strike.
It was the tenth time this season that United conceded the first goal in a Premier League game.
Indeed, Solkjaer’s team has lost 1-0 more times this season (14) than the previous season (13) did. Despite the recent defeat, they remain unbeaten away from home.
United struggled at first with Cavani on the bench after scoring two goals on Thursday. Despite promoting a building game, Martinez was put to the test.
They were rewarded, however, with the most advanced performance of the second half. And when Fernand’s kicking added a completely unsettled sidetone to the mix.
Greenwood has made his latest claim to be included in Gareth Southgate’s plans for the European Championship. For his fifth Premier League goal in five games.
Although Maguire’s early departure due to a collision with Anwar El Ghazi will concern both England and Solskjaer.
But Cavani’s accurate headline from Rashford’s cross ended United’s good week.
They had completed the first term of Solskjaer’s tenure. In addition, co-chairman Joel Glazer announced plans for his first fan interview since his family purchased the club in 2005.
The Villa can’t break United’s curse.
Another testament is Everton’s victory over last week’s hopes of keeping Europe’s hopes alive. To Dean Smith’s team’s progress this season, even though their results have been poor for a year.
Last season, Manchester United defeated them 3-0 at home with four games remaining. To keep Villa in second place and four points ahead of their next opponent by one point.
For the 12th game in a row, the team was without injured captain Jack Grealish. United’s chances were thwarted by a strong defense. Martinez appeared at ease as Greenwood and Rashford put him to the test.
When Luke Shaw found great excitement, Traore’s lack of defensive back Matty Cash became a concern.
But he shone in the second half, passing Lindelof before unleashing a powerful drive in a far corner.
However, Luiz’s visit to Pogba allowed United to concentrate. Villa faced a difficult task because the visitors had never lost at Villa Park in the Premier League.
Villa is still in 11th place and has a lot of finishing touches to do. In their final four games of the second season, they have significantly improved in the top flight.