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Paul Pogba 8; Mason Greenwood 8; Jack Grealish 4: Aston Villa v Manchester United players ratings

Solskjaer's side extend their unbeaten streak to 17 games in all competitions with 3-0 win at Villa Park

Manchester United kept up their chase for a top-four spot in the Premier League with a comfortable 3-0 win at relegation-threatened Aston Villa.

Bruno Fernandes' contentious penalty – after he appeared to tread on Ezri Konsa – gave the visitors the platform for victory at Villa Park.

Referee Jon Moss gave the spot-kick and his decision was backed up by VAR official Graham Scott, much to Villa's disbelief and fury.

Mason Greenwood's missile and Paul Pogba's first goal for 453 days then saw United extend their unbeaten run to 17 games in all competitions in another statement of intent.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men closed the gap on fourth-placed Leicester to a point. Fifth-placed United go to the King Power Stadium on the final day of the season.

Pogba said: "We are really pleased with ourselves because we know we have to carry on.

"We talk before the game, in training, Manchester is a big club and we want to keep the level up always. The performances of the past few weeks are Manchester United."

Villa raged about the penalty but defeat was another hammer blow to their dwindling hopes of avoiding the drop.

Manager Dean Smith said: "I can understand Jon [Moss, referee] getting it wrong but I don't know what VAR are looking at. It's a disgraceful decision.

Updated: July 10, 2020 02:07 AM

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