In the Premier League, Manchester United has been inspired by Bruno Fernandes to another impressive victory and deepened Aston Villa’s concerns over relegation.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer side extended their unbeaten streak to 17 games in all competitions continuing their impressive recent run, and closed to Leicester fourth.
As the low strike cannoned off the post by Mahmoud Trezeguet, they had to repel a fast start from the hosts at Villa Park.
The miss proved vital as after being tripped by Ezri Konsa the excellent Fernandes converted from the penalty spot, though it seemed to be a foul on the Villa defender by the Portuguese international.
United dominated the contest’s possession and pace and doubled its advantage by teenager Mason Greenwood, who further stressed his brutal finishing skill by firing in his 16th of the campaign.
Paul Pogba stroked in a lovely third and with the heavy loss leaving Villa at the second bottom, four points safely adrift with four games left Anthony Martial smashed against the crossbar.
Aston Villa 0 – 3 Manchester United
Goals: 0-1 Bruno 27′, 0-2 Greenwood 45+5′, 0-3 Pogba 58′
Yellow cards: Wan-Bissaka (M), Matic (M), Fred (M); Konsa (A), Nakamba (A)
Aston Villa: Reina; Konsa, Hause, Mings, Taylor; El Ghazi, Luiz, McGinn, Trezeguet; Grealish; Davis
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Maguire, Lindelof, Shaw; Pogba, Matic; Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford; Martial