Manchester United secured a crucial victory over Aston Villa as Scott McTominay’s 86th-minute header gave them a win in the fight for Champions League qualification.
United, who initially appeared to be holding on for a draw, moved within five points of Aston Villa, who are in fifth place, and six points behind Tottenham. This victory marked the Red Devils’ fourth successive win in all competitions, their best run of the season.
Villa created numerous chances throughout the match, but were repeatedly thwarted by United goalkeeper Andre Onana. Despite the home support’s encouragement, they were unable to draw level for the second time.
The win gave United manager Erik ten Hag great delight as his team closed the gap on their rivals. The result, while harsh on Villa, sets Manchester United on a promising path as they aim for a top-four finish in the Premier League.
The victory at Villa Park further solidifies Manchester United’s position as contenders for a Champions League spot, with the team finding form at the right time in the season.