February 11, (THEWILL) – Manchester United claimed a dramatic late 2-1 away victory against Aston Villa on Sunday, to keep their UEFA Champions League hopes alive. An 86th-minute header from super-sub, Scott McTominay, snatched the win for United after Villa had drawn level in the second half.
The result leaves United in 6th position, five points behind 5th placed Villa. Securing Champions League football qualification is largely imperative for both teams this season.
United took an early lead through in-form striker, Rasmus Hojlund, who has now scored in five consecutive English Premier League matches. However, Villa responded strongly in the second half, with Douglas Luiz deservedly drawing them level seven minutes after the hour mark.
The game was evenly balanced in the closing stages until McTominay rose highest to power home a late winner. Villa manager, Unai Emery, was left wondering how his team failed to take anything from the match.
The win continues United’s recent good form, marking the first time this season they have won 4 matches in a row across all competitions. Manager, Erik Ten Hag, will be delighted to have claimed his first away victory against a top-eight side.
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