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Full time: Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United

  • Both teams looking to maintain 100% records after opening day wins.
  • Adnan Januzaj gives United lead on first start since February.
  • Rudy Gestede on the bench for Villa.
Adanan Januzaj
Januzaj opened the scoring for United in the first half. Getty Images

Full time: Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United

Adnan Januzaj makes a surprise start and grabs the only goal as United maintain their 100% record and go top of the Premier League for the first time in two years. Aston Villa huffed and puffed but failed to make the necessary inroads to grab a leveller.

Well that is all we have time for on this Premier League Friday night. We're back with comprehensive coverage of the weekend fixtures but until then, goodbye.

Three minutes added on at Villa Park. The visitors seem to have the points tied up here.

Three minutes added on at Villa Park. The visitors seem to have the points tied up here.

Yellow card for Matteo Darmian for putting his body in between him and Amavi, who was driving towards goal. Gestede gives Villa an added threat from set pieces, but the delivery finds Romero who is unchallenged. The home side running out of time.

Third change for United as Ashloey Young comes on for Memphis Depay. Less than eight minutes left at Villa Park.

Guzan gets down well to save from Depay. United getting closer but yet to put this game to bed. Will Villa make them pay?

The points should be heading back to Old Trafford as Memphis Depay spurns a golden chance to open his United account. Slipped through by Mata and the wrong side of Bacuna, Depay opens his body and sends the ball around Guzan but wide of his left-hand post. Villa living dangerously.

Jordan Ayew booked for diving as Villa desperately attempt to gt back into the game, which has slipped away from them since the substitutions. United hardly in complete control but they have curbed Villa's threat.

Bit of pressure from United after 20 minutes of the second half. Schneiderlin keeps the ball from going out and feeds Darmian on the edge of the box, whose deflected cross is headed out for a corner with Rooney lurking at the back post.

The eagle-eyed among you will have noticed the lack of mentions of a certain United and England captain Wayne Rooney, who has been close to anonymous tonight. Playing at the head of the attack, Rooney has failed to influence and when he has had the ball, has looked lacklustre at best. Not a great night.

Two changes for United. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ander Herrera on for goalscorer Adnan Januzaj and Michael Carrick. can't imagine Louis van Gaal has liked what he has seen tonight, despite the one-goal lead.

Rudy Gestede on for his home Aston Villa debut. Scott Sinclair off. Around half an hour remaining for the hosts to convert their dominance.

Chance for Villa as Agbonlahor meets a left-wing corner but Romero makes an easy save. The home side need to make the most of their dominance, with United having not got out of the traps yet in this second half.

Amavi, one of the new breed at Villa, escapes down the right but when well placed overhits his cross and United, whose defence was turned, survive. Again, the home side doing a lot of the running in this game.

First genuine opening for Villa three minutes into the second half. Mata plays a lazy pass straight to Ayew who bares down on goal but after getting into his right foot, smashes the ball high and wide. In the context of the game, a big chance.

We're back and the players are out and we've back under way at Villa Park. No changes.

Half time: Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United

Premier League football on a Friday night hardly back with a bang. Adnan Januzaj has given United the lead with his first goal for well over a year but the game has lacked flow and fluidity throughout. Villa have given a lot in the first 45 minutes and are looking a little leggy already. Gestude will be called upon sooner rather than later.

Replays show Mike Dean has a clear view of the incident and yet he failed to act on what was blatant holding on Richards. Real time, the contact is brief but surely influential in ensuring Richards could not make a telling contact.

Villa look a bit stifled by the goal as United attempt to add some control to their lead. The hosts do win a corner and perhaps a penalty should have followed after Matteo Darmian clearly hauls back Micah Richards, whose eventual header flies well over. Mike Dean was obvious to it however.

Goal: Aston Villa 0-1 Manchester United (Adnan Januzaj)

Not started since February, linked with a loan move; Adnan Januzaj reinvigorates his United career with the opening goal. Juan Mata feeds the Belgian in the box and when he turns onto his unfavoured right foot he slots in off the post from a tight angle. What a way to reignite his United tenure.

United have looked for the cross-field to Depay all evening and again they fail to make it stick when Januzaj sends a high ball the Netherlands international's way, and he can't do anything but loop a header hopelessly wide.

Villa have made no shortage of additions this summer amid the loss of Benteke and Delph, and yet compared to United Sherwood seems to have gelled the new breed together in double-quick time. Gana has looked perhaps the most accomplished of the new signings and he almost puts Ayew through but Smalling makes a vital interception.

Almost a moment of concern for Villa as a clearance ricochets off a United body and falls the way of Depay who is in a foot race with Brad Guzan, which the stopper wins with a fine sliding challenge. That is as good as it has got I am afraid.

Morgan Schneiderlin escapes around the back of a United free-kick which is hopelessly defended by Villa, whose defensive line is totally exposed, but the ball comes at the Frenchman too quickly for him to react and the ball loops wide.

Manchester United look as disjointed as their team selection suggests they might be. Juan Mata seeing a lot of the ball but his distribution has been poor thus far. Villa looking the more vibrant in the first quarter of an hour.

Fair to say it has been a bit of a low key start at Villa Park. Nothing much from an attacking point of view from either side. The hosts have looked the more lively and Veretout gets in behind Shaw, but once he cuts back inside Luke Shaw recovers and clears the danger.

Under way at Villa Park.

Players on their way out at Villa Park. The ground has definitely filled out in the last few minutes so the game should start on time in front of a healthy crowd. Just as well.

Adama Traore is being unveiled to the Villa fans who have been able to successfully wade their way through the Midlands traffic. Of the few glimpses of him I have see he looks like a really exciting additions, hence why Barca have installed a three-year buy-back clause. Really surprised this game is being allowed to kick-off on time, with the roads having barely been reopened 90 minutes.

Though tonight is not the first Premier League game on a Friday night, is it the first of anew era. Though an EDL march in Birmingham and a Champions League qualifier means the game has been moved to tonight, under the new television deal which comes in from next season this Friday night games will become a regular fixture. After the temporary closing of the M6 in both directions, tonight is hardly the ideal start. Villa Park empty less than 10 minutes before kick-off as a result.

With four of the club's five summer signings starting tonight, it is no exaggeration to suggest that Louis van Gaal's Manchester United is a work in progress. Tonight, the make-up of the front three behind Wayne Rooney is very up for debate. Memphis Depay played as the number 10 against Spurs, but he could be shifted out wide to allow space for Januzaj, whose first start since February comes in a central position. Juan Mata meanwhile looks like he may have to make do with a start on the right.

Without Gestede at the head of the Villa attack, you can expect a free-flowing Villa tonight as they attempt to upset United. Scott Sinclair and Jordan Ayew in behind Gabriel Agbonlahor in attack, in a new look Villa forward line following a summer of change. If they become frustrated, expect Sherwood to go to Gestede and for Villa to go direct, targetting United's uncertain centre-backs.

Sergio Romero is the only United player out warming up at Villa Park. Just as well......

Despite netting the winner in the opening day win over AFC Bournemouth, Rudy Gestede is left on the bench as Tim Sherwood names an unchanged Villa starting XI. New signing Adama Traore is not involved after not being registered in time following confirmation of his move from Barcelona.

Just one change for tonight's visitors after they begun their season with victory over Tottenham. Ander Herrera misses out and Adnan Januzaj, linked with a move away from United in recent weeks, comes in. As expected, David de Gea misses out altogether as Sergio Romero keeps his place.


Aston Villa: Guzan; Bacuna, Clark, Richards, Amavi; Gueye, Veretout, Westwood; Sinclair, Ayew, Agbonlahor.

Manchester United: Romero, Darmian, Smalling, Blind, Shaw, Carrick, Schneiderlin, Mata, Memphis, Januzaj, Rooney.

Welcome to Premier League Friday nights! An EDL march and an upcoming Champions League playoff tie means the top flight returns to a Friday evening ahead of schedule. Tonight's game sees Aston Villa attempt to rewrite their awful recent record against Manchester United. Villa have won one of their last 20 home games against United but they might feel they have a chance tonight, given United's uncertain start to the season and much-changed team. Confirmation of both teams is on the way.