Aston Villa 1-3 Man United: The Red Devils mount another comeback to ensure a top-four finish

Aston Villa 1-3 Man United: The Red Devils mount another comeback to ensure a top-four finish

Manchester United came from behind to defeat Aston Villa at Villa Park, practically confirming a Premier League top-four finish and ensuring that rivals Manchester City will have to wait to be crowned champions.

After securing a spot in the Europa League final despite a 3-2 second-leg loss by Roma on Thursday, Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood, and substitute Edinson Cavani scored in the second half to ensure Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side only needed a single point from their remaining four games to qualify for the Champions League.

Bertrand Traore's emphatic finish into the top corner midway through the first half appeared to clinch the title for City, who were beaten 2-1 by Chelsea on Saturday.

As United struggled to reply, Emiliano Martinez was equal to attempts from Greenwood and Marcus Rashford, while Dean Henderson saved Ollie Watkins' strike to deny Villa a second before half-time.

Soon after the restart, United equalized when Fernandes calmly slotted home a penalty after Douglas Luiz fouled Paul Pogba inexcusably, and Greenwood completed a four-minute turnaround with a low strike into the bottom corner.

After a VAR check for handball against Greenwood was dismissed after Luiz headed the ball onto the United forward's arm, the visitors successfully defied late Villa pressure despite the loss of captain Harry Maguire to injury, before Cavani sealed the win late on.

Villa forward Watkins was also sent off for a second booking for simulation when under pressure from goalkeeper Henderson in a tense finish.

United are 10 points behind champions-elect City, but they will have the opportunity to close the gap to four points when they face Leicester and Liverpool before City's next match.

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