Manchester United took a significant step towards securing a top-four finish after defeating Aston Villa 1-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday. Bruno Fernandes scored the only goal of the match in the first half, and despite some moments of tension in the second half, United held on for the victory.
The win extended United’s unbeaten run at home in the league to 15 games and was crucial after their midweek draw at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur.
Victor Lindelof produces man-of-the-match performance
Villa came into the match in good form, having won eight of their previous 10 league matches. However, they struggled to get a foothold in the game, and United’s defense held firm when required, with Victor Lindelof producing a man-of-the-match performance. Villa did have chances, with Douglas Luiz coming closest to scoring, but his effort was cleared off the line by Lindelof.
The win puts United in a strong position to qualify for next season’s Champions League, although they are not yet guaranteed a place in the competition. They have a tough run of fixtures against Tottenham, Villa, and Brighton, but if they can continue to grind out results, they will be confident of securing a top-four finish.
Fans protest against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club
Off the pitch, there were protests before the match as United fans continued to call for the Glazer family to sell the club. Around 1,000 supporters marched to Old Trafford carrying banners demanding a “full sale only” and “We want our club back.”
The ongoing ownership issue sours the mood around the club, and fans are warning that protests will continue until new owners take control.