Full-time: Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa

  • Villa relegated from the Premier League.
  • Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of the game in the first half.
Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring
Marcus Rashford celebrates scoring the opening goal Getty Images

Full-time: Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa

All over at Old Trafford. Aston Villa are relegated from the Premier League courtesy of Marcus Rashford's first-half strike.

It's another brilliant day for the teenager; it's the worst day in Aston Villa's recent history. They will be playing Championship football next season.

That's all we have from the game in Manchester, but if you wish to follow the evening game in the Premier League, you can do so here.

Have a good night!


Memphis Depay misses a golden chance for the hosts. Well, to be more accurate, Guzan makes a top save from the Dutchman, who appeared certain to score after being put through on goal.


Three minutes of added time being played.


Where has this attack-minded Villa been for the previous 80 minutes or so? They are pushing hard for an equaliser at the moment, but it may be a case of too little too late.

Villa are minutes from being relegated from the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Timothy Fosu-Mensah is introduced at the expense of Juan Mata, who trudges off.


Amazing. Villa should have levelled the score!

From absolutely nowhere, the away side are starting to dominate and from a corner kick, Gestede hits the post with a snap-shot with DeGea rooted to the spot. What a dramatic moment that would've been.

Jordan Ayew (centre) leads a breakaway
Jordan Ayew (centre) leads a breakaway for Villa Getty Images


Villa finally decide to make a switch now. Richardson is the man being replaced, and he receives a nice round of applause on the way from the field.


And again Mata is unmarked at a corner. His cross ultimately comes to nothing. But that defending was woeful from Villa, and sums them up, to be honest.

Ten minutes left at OT - the away side stand on the cusp of relegation from the Premier League.


Another change for United, with one youngster replacing another...


United are engaging in a bit of keep-ball at the moment, which reflects the current mood of the game. It's definitely lost some of its fizz for the time being.

That being said, Anthony Martial is warming up.

Marcus Rashford hits a pass
Marcus Rashford hits a pass Getty Images


Just over 20 minutes left for Villa to pull off a shock. Can they do it? It doesn't look like it at the moment.

Marcus Rashford chases the ball
Marcus Rashford chases the ball Getty Images


Memphis takes a freekick from distance, but his effort fizzes over the bar. And here comes the expected change...

A tired-looking Wayne Rooney makes way for Jesse Lingard. It's been a decent run-out for the skipper, who is slowly working his way back to full fitness.

The scene at Old Trafford
The scene at Old Trafford during the game Getty Images


Juan Mata almost doubles United's lead! The Spaniard ghosts into the box at a corner and, totally unmarked, shoots straight at Brad Guzan. That was awful defending.

Marcus Rojo plays a pass
Marcus Rojo plays a pass Getty Images


This game is becoming increasingly stretched, which is bad news for Villa. You sense there are more goals in this for United if they can make the right decisions in the final third. There's half an hour to go until full-time.

Wayne Rooney on the ball for United
Wayne Rooney on the ball for United Getty Images


Memphis Depay performs some more magic down the left side but no-one can quite get a toe-end on his cross. That was brilliant from the young Dutchman, who has flattered to deceive for the most part this season.


Ah, Rooney ruins a potential goalscoring chance with a heavy touch. He was put in by Memphis Depay but as he tried to move the ball into more space, he allowed the defender to clear the ball. Villa survive.


I wonder how much longer Rooney will last this afternoon, given he has only just returned from injury. The England captain has been decent this afternoon, without being anywhere near his very best.

I fancy we may see him make way for Martial or another of United's attacking talents around the hour mark. Then again, Louis van Gaal is known to spring the occasional surprise.

Daley Blind clears the ball for United
Daley Blind clears the ball for United Getty


Another chances falls Rashford's way. Mata picks him out with a neat pass but his effort goes just wide.

Goalkick given, although it looked like the Villa defender got a block on it.


We're back under way at Old Trafford. Villa have 45 minutes to stave off the inevitable: relegation from the Premier League. Can they do it?


Half-time: Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa

A dominant United side lead at Old Trafford thanks to another goal from 18-year-old sensation Marcus Rashford, who scored from an Antonio Valencia cross just after the half-hour mark.

Villa are sliding towards relegation unless they produce something stunning in the second-half.

Marcus Rashford celebrates with Wayne Rooney
Marcus Rashford celebrates with Wayne Rooney Getty Images


Every time Rashford has the ball at his feet, there is a sense of anticipation that goes up around the ground. His pace and skill would cause problems to any defence, whether that be in the Premier League or further afield.

Less than five to go until half-time, anyway.

Aly Cissokho is crowded out
Aly Cissokho (centre) is crowded out Getty Images


Marcus Rashford has made a stunning start to his life in the Manchester United first-team. If he continues at this pace, he might just get himself on the plane to France with the England squad this summer...


Rooney has his first effort on target now, hitting a curling shot from distance into the hands of the Villa keeper. United appear to be in complete control at the moment.

It's a depressingly familiar tale for a relegation-bound Villa team, who have barely posed a threat of their own.

Marcus Rojo challenges for the ball
Marcus Rojo (right) challenges for the ball Getty Images


GOAL: Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa (Rashford)

United lead and it's that young man again!

Antonio Valencia makes a run down the right side. From there, the right-back crosses the ball along the deck and Rashford calmly sweeps it home.


Villa have a shot at goal through former United player Kieron Richardson, but his effort passes harmlessly over the bar.

It's pretty sterile stuff at Old Trafford at the moment. The game is lacking a bit of spark and inspiration - who can/will provide it?

Marcus Rashford
Marcus Rashford (left) has been in great form lately Getty Images