A Wayne Rooney double and a goal each from Juan Mata and Javier Hernandez ensured Manchester United settled early nerves to emerge 4-1 winners over Aston Villa in the lunch time kickoff at Old Trafford.
Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa had earlier taken the lead thanks to a sumptuous free-kick from Ashley Westwood, but Rooney’s brace and Mata’s first ever goal for the club made sure it wasn’t to be a third successive defeat for the Red Devils at home. Javier Hernandez then added a fourth right at the death following a wonderful run and cross from substitute Adnan Januzaj.
Defeats against Liverpool and Manchester City had piled the pressure on manager David Moyes, with fans even sending a plane overhead with a ‘Moyes Out’ banner, but today’s win against Villa will come as a welcome break for the Scot, before the daunting Champions League quarter final first leg against holders Bayern Munich this week.
Here are Manchester United’s player ratings from a sunny Old Trafford afternoon.
Subs: Carrick (7), Januzaj (7), Hernandez (7)
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