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.