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Aston Villa vs Manchester United LIVE: Premier League result, final score and reaction

Villa Park, home of Aston Villa Football Club (Getty Images)
Villa Park, home of Aston Villa Football Club (Getty Images)

The 2023/24 Premier League season is under way and you can follow every game and every goal right here with The Independent.

This year sees Manchester City try to defend their crown and claim a historic fourth title in succession. Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering City, who also won the Champions League and FA Cup last season, will have to see off Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and the rest to claim an unprecedented sixth league title in seven years.

Meanwhile Luton Town are making their first appearance in the Premier League, having risen from non-league in an incredible decade of progress. They followed Championship winners Burnley and second-placed Sheffield United in earning promotion to the top flight.

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Aston Villa FC 1 - 2 Manchester United FC

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:31

Man Utd boost their top-four hopes in the Premier League after a battling 2-1 victory over Villa on the road. Having watched Chelsea dump them out the FA Cup in midweek, Villa Park was once again disappointed when Maguire towered above Kamara from Fernandes’ corner to tee up Hojlund’s 17th-minute opener. That marked Hojlund’s fifth straight top-flight game that he has scored in before McGinn, Watkins and Ramsey all tested Onana in response to the early strike from the away side. Watkins was again denied by the United goalkeeper after the interval, only for Luiz to crash into the roof of the net to equalise after 67 minutes from Diaby’s hopeful right-wing centre. Emery’s men may have fancied their chances of a late winner, though it was the visitors who stepped up as McTominay thumped a header past Martinez from Dalot’s right-wing cross, stealing all three points four minutes from time. This victory takes Ten Hag’s men within five points of Villa and six away from fourth-placed Tottenham, ahead of their next game when they visit Luton Town on Sunday. Emery’s side are in desperate need of a response when they travel to Fulham on Saturday. That is all for now, until next time! Goodbye and thanks for following this live coverage from Villa Park.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:30

FULL-TIME: ASTON VILLA 1-2 MANCHESTER UNITED

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:30

Think! Tielemans crashes through the back of Varane, conceding a needless and cheap free-kick that wastes more much-needed time for Villa. Emery's expression is blank on the touchline as the home side head towards another defeat.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:29

Zaniolo is the target but Carlos' hopeful deep delivery is comfortably claimed by Onana. Villa Park erupts into a frenzy of frustration, much to the delight of the vociferous away supporters in the near corner.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:28

Time continues to tick on at Villa Park as United sit deep and defend their narrow lead. The visitors are in survival mode and, for now, will have a vital three points to take back to Manchester.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:26

CLOSE! Cash decides to go it alone, cutting inside from the right-hand side before drilling a stinging left-footed effort towards the roof of Onana's goal. The United goalkeeper does not have any problems, though, catching the attempt with ease and eating into some more valuable seconds.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:24

Fernandes, almost acting as a second right-back alongside Dalot, makes a wonderful recovery tackle on Digne. That stoppage in play allows Ten Hag to bring off Hojlund, the scorer of the first goal, for Evans.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:24

Substitution Kobbie Boateng Mainoo Sofyan Amrabat

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:24

United supporters are making all the noise inside Villa Park as the fourth official indicates a minimum of six additional minutes. Can Emery's side find a late equaliser and, in turn, damage the Red Devils' growing top-four hopes?

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:23

SAVE! With England manager Gareth Southgate in attendance, Watkins has the chance to be the late hero. Cash clips a simple right-wing cross towards the penalty spot, from which Watkins heads straight at Onana. That is the Villa striker's third shot on target from close range, but the United goalkeeper is again equal to the effort.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:22

Diaby steams around Lindelof but his far-post cross is poor, with Fernandes buying a cheap free-kick from a needless Digne foul. Emery cuts a frustrated figure on the touchline, with Villa set to drop further ground in the top-four race.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:20

Digne makes his return from injury for the closing stages, replacing left-back Moreno.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:20

Emery enters last-chance saloon. Villa send on attacker Zaniolo for holding-midfielder McGinn.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:19

Assist José Diogo Dalot Teixeira

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:18

Goal Scott Francis McTominay

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:18

Casemiro angles a delightful diagonal pass for Dalot, who fails to beat Moreno and instead has to settle for a throw in front of the away supporters. The United right-back had so many options there but, for some reason, tried to go it alone and take the selfish option.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:17

Since winning 15 home Premier League games in a row between March and December 2023, Villa have won one of their last three (D1 L1), only conceding one fewer goal in the last three games (six) than they did across their entire 15 game winning run (seven). The hosts do not have long left to find a late winner here.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:15

McGinn is furious after feeling he has broken away from Maguire, who pulls back on his shirt to concede a free-kick. Somehow, the United centre-back escapes further disciplinary action for his cynical foul.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:14

Watkins has been directly involved in 38 goals in 47 Premier League appearances for Villa under Emery (24 goals, 14 assists), averaging a goal or assist every 107 minutes. Of Villa players to play at least 1,000 minutes under a manager in the Premier League, only Christian Benteke under Tim Sherwood (goal or assist every 96 mins) has a better average. Watkins has twice been denied by Onana already, but can the Villa striker find the winner?

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:13

DIABY MUST DO BETTER! Mainoo makes a mess of the bouncing ball, allowing Luiz to feed McGinn, who rolls into the inside right-hand channel for Diaby. The Villa winger has Watkins and Ramsey in support but curls a poor left-footed effort wide of Onana's top-left corner.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:11

Lindelof clips an aimless pass out of play, further encouraging the buoyant home crowd. Just over 10 minutes remain at Villa Park, where Emery's men will fancy their chances of a late winner.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:11

Each of Luiz's last nine Premier League goals have come at Villa Park, including all seven this season; this is the most by a player to score 100 per cent of their goals at a single ground in the competition in 2023-24. The Villa midfielder should have added another just moments ago, though.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:10

BIG CHANCE! Diaby's first cross is cleared by Dalot before McGinn swings another far-post delivery in. Dalot is again on hand but prods straight into the path of Luiz, who scuffs a left-footed effort straight at Onana when looking for the bottom-right corner. The Villa midfielder may rue that missed opportunity.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:07

Luiz's leveller was his seventh goal this season, a new season-best for the Villa midfielder in the Premier League. Can the Brazilian add further damage to power the hosts to victory?

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:06

Having caused Lindelof a fair few problems, Bailey's game comes to an end as Tielemans takes his place for Villa.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:06

Seemingly taking the defensive option, Ten Hag brings off winger Rashford for McTominay. That change may see Fernandes shifted out to the flanks.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:05

Diaby dances down the right flank before Ramsey steps over his cutback pass. Luiz takes too long, though, as Varane rushes out to block his left-footed drive from the edge of the United box.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:05

Yellow Card Moussa Diaby

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:04

SO CLOSE! United break with rapid pace as Garnacho bursts inside from the left flank, beating two defenders before curling a right-footed strike narrowly wide of the bottom-right corner. Martinez appears concerned but watches on gratefully as the United winger misses by the finest of margins.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:02

Shaw's half-time withdrawal has afforded Villa so much joy down United's left, with Bailey and Diaby causing all sorts of problems. Emery will be desperate for his side to continue focusing on that apparent weakness, with Lindelof struggling to cope.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

18:01

United have won 17 of their 28 Premier League away games against Villa – only the Red Devils themselves (19 against Everton) have beaten an opponent on the road more often in the competition. Ten Hag's side will have to respond now, though, after Luiz's leveller.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:59

Goal Douglas Luiz Soares de Paulo

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:57

Substitution Boubacar Bernard Kamara Moussa Diaby

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:57

Fernandes hammers over from Garnacho's cutback pass but the chance is again irrelevant as the latter has been caught offside from Hojlund's offload. The United captain may be a touch fortunate to escape a yellow card for knowingly delaying the restart by blazing out of play there.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:55

Diaby, Zaniolo or new signing Rogers are all attacking options on Villa's bench. How soon will Emery be tempted to bring one of those on?

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:54

Almost! Fernandes floats a left-sided free-kick towards the far post. Lenglet is unable to reach the delivery but Maguire is caught on his heels as the ball glides out for a goal-kick. Neither team have chance to catch their breath at the moment!

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:53

Perhaps struggling with the slippery surface, Cash scrambles and steams through Rashford with a lunging tackle from behind. The Villa right-back is cautioned by referee Jones, with Cash now facing a nervy final half-hour against the United winger.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:53

So close! Bailey races away on the counter-attack, beating two United defenders before sending an off-balance pass through for Ramsey. The Villa midfielder is travelling at some serious speed, though, and fails to control as Onana collects.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:53

Mainoo runs at Cash before offloading to Rashford, whose tame right-footed effort is deflected behind for a left-sided corner. Fernandes, as always, is the man to take the set-piece. The United midfielder goes short before Mainoo's cross is headed away with ease.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:50

Bailey stands up Lindelof in a one-on-one situation before the makeshift full-back blocks behind for a third Villa corner in quick succession. McGinn crosses once more but Casemiro is on hand to head clear. Lenglet and Carlos have to find more room from these chances.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:50

Luiz takes the second corner but Onana claims the next delivery with ease. The United goalkeeper has been an assured figure at the back for the visitors so far. Villa's set-pieces have left much to be desired for the home crowd, too.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:47

Kamara rolls through for Watkins, who battles his way to winning a corner from Varane's recovery tackle. McGinn curls an inswinger towards the far post, where Lindelof holds off Carlos to touch behind for another set-piece.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:46

Aged 21 years and 7 days, Hojlund is the second-youngest ever player to score in five successive Premier League appearances, only behind Nicolas Anelka for Arsenal in November 1998 (19y 239d). The United forward’s first-half strike remains the difference at Villa Park.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:45

Fernandes whips another right-sided corner towards the far post, where Maguire is beaten to the ball by two Villa defenders. The United centre-back appeals for handball but the referee waves play on, with the VAR concurring with the on-field decision.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:44

Casemiro curls through for the bursting run of Garnacho, who cuts inside before being dispossessed by Lenglet. A belated offside flag proves the chance meaningless either way. This has been an end-to-end start to the second half!

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:41

WHAT A STOP! Cash stands up Lindelof before driving a low cross towards the near post. Watkins makes his way around Varane before smashing a right-footed strike straight at Onana. The United goalkeeper is completely unaware but somehow produces an inadvertent save with his chest! Ten Hag's men are riding their luck here.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:40

United are unbeaten in their last 118 matches when leading 1-0 at half-time in the Premier League (W100 D18). Can Ten Hag's side keep up that immaculate record here?

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:40

CHANCE! Rashford dances down the left flank, evading a couple of Villa tackles before bundling his way into the box. The United winger scuffs a low right-footed effort that Martinez saves with ease when diving down to his left.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:37

Referee Jones gets the second half under way at Villa Park! Neutral supporters will be wanting more of the same from the first-half action.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:37

Ten Hag is forced into a half-time change, sending on Lindelof for Shaw, who seems to have suffered a first-half injury. Bailey may fancy his chances against the makeshift United left-back.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:24

Emery has won both of his Premier League home games against United (2-0 with Arsenal in March 2019, 3-1 with Villa last season). He is aiming to become the first manager to win his first three at home against the Red Devils in the competition, though he needs a second-half fightback at Villa Park. The hosts have pushed and pressed but found resistance in the form of Onana, while United still look a threat on the break.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:23

An enjoyable first-half spectacle comes to an end as United lead Villa 1-0 on the road in the Premier League. Villa Park fell into silence as Maguire towered above Kamara to tee up Hojlund's simple 17th-minute opener. McGinn, Watkins and Ramsey all went close for Emery's side in response, but the hosts trail by a goal heading into the interval.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:21

HALF-TIME: ASTON VILLA 0-1 MANCHESTER UNITED

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:21

Lenglet is also cautioned at the same time as Mainoo, seemingly for dissent towards the referee following the United midfielder's tactical foul on McGinn.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:20

Dalot overlaps Garnacho and wins a right-sided corner from Moreno's recovering challenge. From the same place as Hojlund's opener came from, Fernandes opts to go short this time. Mainoo eventually crosses but fails to beat the first man before committing a cynical foul on McGinn, earning the second yellow card of this game.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:19

Muted appeals for a penalty come from the home crowd as Moreno goes down under slight contact from Dalot. Referee Jones is having none of those claims, though, and points for a United goal-kick.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:18

There will be four minutes of additional time to end this half, owing to Hojlund's goal and the stoppage for Onana's injury after his collision with Watkins. Can the Red Devils hold on until the break?

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:17

Maguire rises the highest to head behind when McGinn delivers the first corner from the right-hand side. Luiz takes the second set-piece but Varane is on hand this time to head away.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:17

McGinn stands over the wide free-kick, in a similar position to that he scored from against United at Old Trafford. The Villa midfielder delivers towards the near post and Onana makes a mess as he bundles behind for a corner.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:17

How is that not a yellow card? Fernandes scythes Bailey down with a sliding tackle near the right-hand touchline, but for some reason referee Jones opts to just warn the United captain. The home crowd are once again incensed but Villa will, at least, have a free-kick to attack.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:14

Shoot! McGinn's attempted shot cannons into the air but Bailey stalls, hesitates and hovers for too long, allowing Shaw to recover. The Villa winger had to pull the trigger with a left-footed volley there, though he did not and that let Onana collect with ease.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:14

Fernandes finds his target of Maguire once again from the corner but the centre-back's redirected header catches two team-mates offside. Lenglet and Carlos are still stuck in their zonal-marking instructions, with Maguire enjoying the freedom of Villa Park inside Martinez's box.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:12

Hojlund works his way down the right-hand side before his touch inside is inadvertently deflected behind for a corner. This could be another chance for United just before the interval.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:11

Villa Park is bubbling away with frustration growing from the home supporters. Whether that annoyance is directed at Emery's players, United or the referee remains unclear. However, what is certain is that this atmosphere is not going to quieten if the hosts continue to trail.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:09

It is an easy decision for referee Jones, who cautions Casemiro for catching the heels of Cash. The Villa right-back was bursting down the right-hand side and the United midfielder is perhaps fortunate to escape further punishment for his eccentric reaction.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:08

It has been somewhat one-way traffic in the last 10 minutes or so, but United are still defending resolutely and relying on some fine work from Onana. Villa are only going to up the tempo further, but it depends on whether Emery's men can take their chances or not.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:06

The home crowd are furious as Luiz appeals for a free-kick for fouls from both Hojlund and Mainoo. Down the other end, Hojlund also goes down under pressure from Lenglet but the referee again waves play on!

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:05

United have won eight of their last nine Premier League matches in which they've scored first (D1). Can Ten Hag's hold on to their advantage here?

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:04

Varane finds a pocket of space to slide through for Garnacho, whose right-wing delivery evades the onrushing Hojlund. United recycle possession, though, before giving the ball away. Bailey launches a long pass in search of Watkins but Onana races out to scuff an unconvincing clearance away for a throw-in.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

17:00

Hojlund is the first United player to score in five consecutive Premier League appearances since Rashford in February 2023. His strike was also only the third goal the Red Devils have scored inside the opening 20 minutes on the road in the top flight this season.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:59

ANOTHER CHANCE! It is one-way traffic at the minute as Moreno touches inside for Ramsey, who searches for the bottom-right corner with a whipped right-footed finish. Onana rushes across but watches on gratefully as the Villa midfielder narrowly misses his target.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:58

The United medical team have completed their work and Onana is fine to continue, at least for now. Questions have been asked about the visiting goalkeeper since his move from Inter but the Cameroon international is standing up to the Villa Park test at the moment.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:58

Onana stays down after denying Watkins from close range. The United goalkeeper appears to have taken a blow to his face, seemingly the price paid for a fine stop that keeps the visitors leading 1-0.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:56

ANOTHER GOOD SAVE! United are cut open as McGinn hovers from distance before disguising a smart throughball for Watkins. Onana races out to close the angle, denying the Villa striker's low right-footed effort with his legs.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:56

GREAT STOP! Carlos launches a long pass over the top but Onana heads away outside of his area. Watkins recycles possession before passing inside for McGinn, whose rasping left-footed drive seems set for the top-left corner. The United goalkeeper is alert, though, diving to his right to parry away a wonderful save.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:54

CLOSE! Villa work it well across the United box before McGinn offloads to his right for Bailey, who cuts inside and misses the top-left corner with his whipped left-footed attempt. Onana never appeared too concerned by that chance.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:53

Onana's defence stand firm from Villa's first corner of the game, clearing with ease. Ramsey then fires a warning shot but rifles his long-range right-footed effort well over the target.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:51

Having fallen behind early to Chelsea in midweek, Villa have another salvaging act on their hands. Moreno gets the home crowd excited by winning a corner from Garnacho's sliding block.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:50

Hojlund has found the net in each of his last five Premier League appearances for Man Utd, after failing to score in any of his first 14 games in the competition. He’s the youngest player to score in as many consecutive games for the Red Devils and the only Danish player for any team to have achieved that feat in the Premier League.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:49

Assist Jacob Harry Maguire

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:48

Goal Rasmus Winther Højlund

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:47

Kamara is fortunate to escape the first caution of the game after barging the marauding Rashford to the floor. The United winger has already twice been caught offside, but his efforts this time win a wide free-kick for his side.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:47

Ramsey stands up Mainoo before McGinn has two attempts at challenging Onana. The United defence stand firm, however, as the Scotland international then slides a wayward pass out of play for a goal-kick.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:45

WIDE! Garnacho displays beautiful balance to dance around two tackles on the right-hand side before curling a left-footed effort towards the top-right corner. Martinez scrambles across but the United winger's attempt narrowly misses the target.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:45

HUGE CHANCE! Luiz inexplicably gives away possession on the edge of his own area, allowing Fernandes to roll through for Hojlund. The United striker cannot sort his feet quickly enough, though, as Carlos makes a vital block from the forward's left-footed effort. That was so close for the away side, who may feel Hojlund should have scored from there.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:43

A second corner for United comes in quick succession as Ramsey heads behind from Shaw's left-wing delivery with Garnacho lurking. Fernandes whips towards the far post once again but Maguire can only head harmlessly over Martinez's target.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:41

Fernandes hovers over the right-sided corner before delivering towards the penalty spot. Maguire gets a decent run towards the ball but fails to make contact, with Cash able to subsequently clear the danger.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:41

Rashford parts the Villa defence with a driving run before offloading to Garnacho, whose attempt to square for Hojlund is deflected behind by Carlos. That was almost a huge chance for the Red Devils.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:39

Again! Rashford thinks there is space to attack but the United winger is flagged offside from a diagonal pass. Ten Hag's men know exactly what Villa do in defence, but the visitors have twice been caught wanting with their eager positioning.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:38

United play some slick football between Casemiro and Fernandes before the latter sends Hojlund racing through. However, Emery's high defensive lines earn their reward for being brave, with the visiting forward caught well offside.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:37

Over their last five Premier League matches, United have scored 13 goals, converting exactly 20 per cent of their shots in that time (65 attempts). In their five games beforehand, they only scored two goals with a conversion rate of three per cent (73 attempts). Can the Red Devils find their clinical shooting boots again here?

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:34

Great tackle! Ramsey marauds down the left flank before Dalot manages a brilliant recovery challenge. The United right-back covered some ground to keep up with the Villa youngster there.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:33

This could be a decisive game for United's unlikely Champions League hopes. Defeat would leave the Red Devils 11 points adrift of the top four, though victory would slice that deficit to just six from Tottenham.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:31

Referee Robert Jones gets this Villa Park clash under way!

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:29

Villa won this exact fixture 3-1 last season, ending a 23-game winless run in the Premier League against Man Utd at Villa Park. They last won consecutive home league games against the Red Devils between 1966 and 1977 (five in a row). Can Emery’s side go back-to-back for the first time in what feels like an age? We’re about to find out as kick-off approaches…

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:29

Ten Hag also opts for only one alteration from his last side that overcame West Ham. Lisandro Martinez is ruled out once again due to the centre-back’s knee injury, with Maguire getting the nod to start alongside Varane. Rashford, Fernandes and Garnacho are the trio supporting Hojlund in attack.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:18

Emery makes just the sole change from the midweek defeat to Chelsea. Young midfielder Ramsey replaces Tielemans, starting in the middle of a three-man attack that includes McGinn and Bailey behind Watkins.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:14

SUBSTITUTES: Altay Bayindir, Victor Lindelof, Sofyan Amrabat, Christian Eriksen, Amad Diallo, Antony, Jonny Evans, Scott McTominay, Omari Forson.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:14

MANCHESTER UNITED (4-2-3-1): Andre Onana; Diogo Dalot, Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, Luke Shaw; Casemiro, Kobbie Mainoo; Alejandro Garnacho, Bruno Fernandes, Marcus Rashford; Rasmus Hojlund.

Aston Villa vs Manchester United

16:14

SUBSTITUTES: Youri Tielemans, Lucas Digne, Pau Torres, Moussa Diaby, Nicolo Zaniolo, Robin Olsen, Morgan Rogers, Kaine Kesler-Hayden, Tim Iroegbunam.

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