The team with the worst defense in the EPL 2015-2016 season shipped in only 1 goal in their match against the Red Devils today at Old Trafford, but in the end officialized their relegation to the Championship for next season. The firing power of the Red Devils was eerily quiet despite the return of Rooney, being partnered with Rashford for the first time ever, but thanks to the latter, United could claim the 3 points and save some honor in the process as well, as Villa had seen worse in games against teams like Liverpool and Man City, and must have been surprised to be only a goal down in the end.
United had the upper-hand since kick off, but as usual, failed to create any clear chances on target, while Aston Villa were resilient at the back, doing their best to cut out any United threat to their goal. Despite winning many corner kicks, which were taken in a rather bizarre way of short combinations although Fellaini was on the pitch to provide the needed height for headers, it took a genius set-piece on the 32nd minute, taken by Rooney from the half-way line, prolonged by Valencia, and finished by Rashford, to eventually see United take the lead. The Villains tried to cause an upset before half-time but Smalling was on hand to deny Ayew any clear chance on goal.
United had sporadic chances in the second half as they continued their sterile domination, with Mata forcing a save from Guzan following a clever corner-kick routine this time, but United failed to create more dangerous chances, and instead found themselves in trouble in the last five minutes or so, as Villa’s manager sent on Gestede, who immediately made an impact for the visitors. He went close to levelling the score, but found Blind on his way with De Gea well beaten as he attempted to slide in the ball in an unguarded net. Minutes later he was unfortunate again, as his volley from a corner kick bounced off the post, with De Gea yet again a simple spectator on his line. United eventually got the chance to double the lead in added time, but Guzan made a brilliant save following Memphis’ attempt, with the ball hitting the post and going for a last corner kick. With this defeat, Villa confirmed their exit from top flight football after a 28-year run, while United showed that the front line needs a big upgrade in the coming transfer window if they want to challenge for silverware next season (or even an upgrade in manager 👿 ).