Pictures: Manchester United 3-1 Aston Villa

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United overcame a stubborn Aston Villa side to record their fifth straight Premier League victory, giving them an eight point cushion over Liverpool.

Liverpool’s defeat earlier in the day to Arsenal ensured a win for United would move them well clear of fifth and above their local rivals.

Whilst it wasn’t the excellent start fans had grown accustomed to against Spurs and Liverpool, the superb Ander Herrera broke the deadlock just before half-time with a clinical strike into the bottom corner.

Angel Di Maria’s return in the second half led to the second goal, Wayne Rooney finishing brilliantly but United allowed Christian Benteke to score almost immediately afterwards.

But late pressure and a tiring Villa defence allowed Herrera to calmly add his second and secure another good win for Louis van Gaal‘s men.

Here’s a selection of the best images from Saturday’s game:

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