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Greenwood continues remarkable rise as Man Utd sweep Villa aside

Teenage sensation, Mason Greenwood, found the net once more as Man Utd boosted their Champions League qualification hopes with a comfortable 3-0 victory at Villa.

The visitors were the first to carve out the game’s first real chance, but Jack Grealish failed to capitalise on the opportunity.

The playmaker drifted out into a pocket of space at the far post and met in inswinging cross first time, but his left-footed volley failed to trouble David De Gea.

The Villans came closer following the drinks break after what could’ve been a costly error from Paul Pogba.

The Frenchman dawdled on the ball in midfield and was dispossessed by Trezeguet. The Villa forward raced towards goal, but his curled effort cannoned away off of the post to keep the scores deadlocked.

That missed chance was swiftly punished minutes later, when Bruno Fernandes contentiously won a penalty after being fouled inches inside the Villa box. The Portuguese playmaker resumed penalty taking duties from Marcus Rashford and duly slotted home the game’s opening goal.

Man Utd’s lead was doubled on the stroke of half time via the increasingly impressive Mason Greenwood.

The youngster received the ball 20 yards out after a neat one-two with Anthony Martial, and rifled home a powerful strike that left Pepe Reina no chance in the Villa goal.

Following the break, it was Pogba’s turn to get in on the action.

Receiving the ball on the edge of the box direct from a corner, Pogba took two touches to set himself, before curling a fine effort inside Reina’s far post to make it 3-0.

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Martial saw an effort strike the woodwork after the hour mark, but it mattered not with Villa rarely offering a credible threat in the Utd half.

Utd retained the bulk of posession and controlled the play as the match drew to a close, and ultimately secured a 3-0 victory that kept up the pressure on Champions League rivals Leicester and Chelsea.

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