POG STAN­DARD

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MANCH­ESTER United ex­tended their un­beaten run to 17 matches as they pushed As­ton Villa closer to the Premier League rel­e­ga­tion trap-door at Villa Park last night.

Goals from Bruno Fer­nan­des, Ma­son Green­wood and Paul Pogba se­cured a 3-0 vic­tory for Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer’s men that leaves them just a point be­hind fourth-placed Le­ices­ter.

But for Villa, af­ter an

11th match with­out a win in league and cup, it is look­ing in­creas­ingly des­per­ate as they seem set for an in­stant re­turn to the Cham­pi­onship.

The hosts – still four points adrift of safety – saw Trezeguet hit the post while Jack Gre­al­ish, who has been heav­ily linked with a sum­mer move to United, squan­dered a good chance with the match goal­less.

But, as so of­ten this sea­son, Dean Smith’s men were pun­ished for their waste­ful­ness. Just af­ter Trezeguet’s shot came back off an up­right, United went up the other end and took the lead in con­tro­ver­sial style. Fer­nan­des won a penalty af­ter con­tact from Ezri Konsa. VAR up­held the de­ci­sion, to Villa’s dis­gust, and Fer­nan­des net­ted his eighth United goal from the spot. The Por­tu­gal mid­fielder then headed wide be­fore An­thony Mar­tial set up Green­wood (pic­tured), 18, to fire in right on half-time. Mar­cus Rash­ford saw a strike ruled out for off­side be­fore Pogba bagged a first of the sea­son from dis­tance as United firmed up their Cham­pi­ons League cre­den­tials, mov­ing six points clear of six­th­placed Wolves and leav­ing Villa four games to save them­selves.

PIC­TURE: PA

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