Manchester United came back to win yet again on road against Aston Villa to ensure Champions League qualification for next season.
The win at Villa Park by Manchester United means the champagne in the Etihad fridges remains on ice – for now at least. The Red Devils cut the gap at the top to 10 points following Chelsea’s win in Manchester yesterday.
At half-time, it did look as if Pep Guardiola‘s side would be celebrating despite their Saturday loss as Bertrand Traore scored the opener. But, as has often been the case, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players worked their half-time magic and came out rejuvenated.
The comeback was complete by the 56th minute after two goals in four minutes. First Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot before Mason Greenwood slotted the ball into the bottom corner with another excellent finish. Edinson Cavani came off the bench to add a late third before Ollie Watkins was given his marching orders. Harry Maguire was forced off in the second half but it’s unknown whether it was a precaution or an injury.
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MANCHESTER UNITED- THE COMEBACK KINGS
Manchester United, on the road, going behind, coming back- is the season’s oldest and most repetitive story. Traore’s first-half strike meant that once again the Red Devils had the chance to underline their mentality. Time and time again they have reacted well to going behind with Solskjaer often saying the right things at half-time.
United have recovered 28 points from losing positions – 25 of which have come in away games. Well make that 31 points recovered and 28 of them on the road after they again completed the comeback. The Norwegian manager has now recorded 50 Premier League wins with United and it comes excellently. The ship has certainly steadied under the Norwegian and the fact that the Red Devils have lost the fewest league games so far this season also speaks volumes to his impeccable strike rate.