Aston Villa 1-3 Manchester United: 3 Talking Points

Manchester United's Paul Pogba celebrates scoring their third goal with Bruno Fernandes.

Shaun Botterill/Pool via REUTERS

Manchester United grabbed back all three points from a losing position yet again as they won 1-3 away to Aston Villa. The Red Devils conceded a goal early on via Bertrand Traore but went into the second half in strong form.

Bruno Fernandes equalized with a reliable penalty while Mason Greenwood put United ahead minutes later. Edinson Cavani’s substitute goal gave the Mancunian side much breathing space and the sending off of Ollie Watkins minutes before stoppage time took all the wind from the Villa attack.


1. Great Start to the Week

Match one of three for the Premier League giants this week with the next fixture being Leicester City on Tuesday followed by a Thursday clash against Liverpool.

Solskjær did mention that one of the two remaining sides will not see the best United lineup and this game certainly saw their best side. As such, it is almost a given that the Norwegian will elect to rest a few of his stars against the Foxes and field the best possible lineup for the derby against Liverpool.


2. Win Record

Solskjær has now recorded 50 Premier League wins with United and it comes in excellent fashion. 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.

If this goes on, there is no reason to see why he cannot lead his former side to a proper title challenge in the coming season.


3. Cavani’s Goalscoring Record

While the recent goals netted by Edinson Cavani have been a brilliant form of their own, the goal against Villa also set in place another precedent.

The Uruguayan striker scored the important goal after coming on as a substitute. This was the fifth time he has done so and these five goals are the highest of any Man United substitute in the Premier League in a single season.

This is certainly a remarkable record to maintain in a team that boasted super-subs the likes of Solskjær, Dimitar Berbatov, and Javier Hernandez.