Unai Emery secured Aston Villa’s first Premier League home win over Manchester United since 1995 as they defeated Erik ten Hag’s team 3-1 at Villa Park.
Leon Bailey scored for Villa in the seventh minute and when Lucas Digne curled in a free-kick not long after there were wild scenes of celebration among the home support. Luke Shaw’s deflected strike, which went in off Jacob Ramsey, just before the interval gave lacklustre United hope – but not for long.
Ramsey’s fine finish from Ollie Watkins’ cut-back soon halted the comeback and it was no more than Villa deserved. This win makes it back-to-back historic Premier League home wins for the first time either this season or last as they move up to 13th in the table.
For United, with Cristiano Ronaldo as captain, it was perhaps as disjointed as they have looked since the Manchester derby. The defeat ends their run of nine games unbeaten in all competitions and means they waste the chance to close the gap on the top four.
More to follow…
Aston Villa and Manchester United meet again on Thursday in the Carabao Cup third round, this time at Old Trafford and live on Sky Sports. Kick-off at 8pm. Villa then head to Brighton on Sunday November 13 at 2pm.
Man United head to Fullham on Sunday November 13 in the final Premier League match before the World Cup, live on Sky Sports. Kick-off is at 4.30pm.