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Pogba, Fernandes lead Manchester United over Aston Villa

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Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba are loving life.

Heck, all of Manchester United is feeling mighty good after the Red Devils won yet another game with ease, this one a 3-0 defeat of Aston Villa at Villa Park on Thursday.

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Fernandes had a goal and an assist, joining Mason Greenwood and Pogba on the score sheet in a cruise past the relegation-threatened Villans.

United moves six points ahead of sixth-place Wolves and within a point of fourth-place Leicester City. The two sides meet to finish the Premier League season, and the Red Devils will meet Southampton, Crystal Palace, and West Ham before that.

Villa is four points behind safety and still meets Palace, Everton, Arsenal, and West Ham.

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Three things we learned

1. Bruno and Pogba unfair: The are systems that will make Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba work a whole lot harder than what’s demanded by Aston Villa, of course, but don’t let that deter you from witnessing the special combination play between the Portuguese midfielder and his World Cup-winning French teammate. Fernandes had a goal and an assist, the latter a training ground routine that Pogba scored with class, and United looks a new team. No team has benefited more from the break than United.

2. He’s got the look: The stories out of the Manchester United training ground have been coming for years and we’re now getting an eyeful of what they’ve been promising about Mason Greenwood. The 18-year-old strikes a ball like it’s his job, or even better like he’s an artisan. Few players on earth possess a way about them that the ball’s path off their foot just looks different. His strike to beat Pepe Reina was absolutely marvelous and we can’t wait to see what he does in the future.

3. Villa through the ugly stretch (hopefully): Dean Smith’s men have tried to escape the drop zone by getting points against a rough stretch of opponents and it has not gone well. Draws against Sheffield United and Newcastle have been joined by losses to Chelsea, Wolves, Liverpool, and now Manchester United. Villa finds itself four points adrift with four opponents to play: Palace, Everton, Arsenal, and West Ham. There are points there. Will Villa take them?

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Aston Villa – Manchester United recap

Jack Grealish missed a back-post chance to give the hosts an early lead, as United was a bit uneven over the opening 20 minutes.

VAR helped United to a penalty soon after that, won and converted by Fernandes off Ezri Konsa.

United had a chance to double the lead in the 36th minute when Mason Greenwood got past Douglas Luiz to pump a hard shot saved by Pepe Reina.

Fernandes missed with a bullet header in the 45th minute off a Luke Shaw cross, but United scored just before halftime when Greenwood took an Anthony Martial layoff and blasted a shot past Reina. He has such a sweet stroke.

Pogba made it 3-0 with a tremendous strike in the 58th minute, Fernandes spotting the Frenchman above the arc and Villa giving him ages to address the ball.

Martial smashed the ball off the bottom of the bar at the hour mark, United threatening to put a cartoonish figure on the scoreboard..

Solskjaer hails forwards; Greenwood ‘best finisher’ he’s seen

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hailed his Manchester United forwards and said Mason Greenwood is the best finisher he’s ever worked with.

Some praise indeed from the ‘baby-faced assassin’ who is widely considered to be the best finisher in Premier League history.

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Greenwood, still just 18 years old, scored twice in the 5-2 demolition of Bournemouth on Saturday as Man United are now 16 games unbeaten in all competitions and have all of the momentum in the top four battle.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, Solskjaer was delighted with the attacking display of his side and singled out academy product Greenwood for special praise.

“They are exciting. We have players who provide chances for them but they have pace and skill. It is just too bad our fans could not be here and spurred them on for a couple more,” Solskjaer said. “Mason [Greenwood] has chipped in with 15, Bruno’s [Fernandes] tally is going up so we have goals everywhere. I am not worried about goals in the team.

“Mason is one of the best if not the best finisher I have worked with and seen. He is so calm. He knows where to finish if it is on the training ground, here or in his garden at home. We have to build on that. Many big games to come and we need more big wins because we know our goal difference isn’t the greatest. Confidence is sky high, you get energy and confidence by performances and results and we are getting that at the minute. I have enjoyed the last few games to be honest and it is healthy, you don’t age as quickly.”

Greenwood has been a revelation since the restart and is now a regular starter on the right flank. With Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford alongside him, plus Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes feeding them all chances, it looks like Solskjaer has finally found the right balance for this Man United side.

They’ve scored 11 goals in their last three Premier League games and Greenwood’s clinical finishing and performances has perhaps calmed down any approaches for Ferran Torres or Jadon Sancho this summer, or even next year.

Greenwood, Rashford and Martial are all 24 years old or younger and this Man United attack is staking its claim to be the best in the Premier League as the aforementioned trio have now scored more goals (55) than Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino combined (51) in all competitions this season. Let that sink in. Greenwood has just become a regular, while both Rashford and Martial have been out injured

The potential for Greenwood and Co. is limitless and Man United fans everywhere will be incredibly excited by their finish to the 2019-20 season. There are still some defensive issues to iron out but going forward, Solskjaer has created an attacking juggernaut.

VIDEO: Greenwood, Fernandes score as Man United dazzle

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Stream Brighton – Manchester United: You will not regret watching this Man United attacking display.

Mason Greenwood and Bruno Fernandes got on the scoresheet in the first half as Manchester United battered Brighton early on at the Amex Stadium.

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Greenwood, 18, cut in from the right and after some fancy footwork he snuck home an effort at the near post for his 13th goal of the season in all competitions.

Paul Pogba then teed up Bruno Fernandes to sweep home a second, as the duo had combined earlier in the half in a near identical situation but Fernandes hit the post on that occasion.

What an attacking lineup this is, as Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford haven’t got in on the act yet. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Man United continue their superb form as they are 14 games unbeaten in all competitions and full of confidence heading into the business end of the season.

Does a Champions League berth beckon as they close in on Chelsea and Leicester City above them in the Premier League table?

Click on the link above to watch the second half live, while above and below you can watch both goals.

VIDEO: Top 20 Manchester United goals from 2019-20 season, so far

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If you’re a Manchester United supporter looking for a reason to smile, think of the future.

The Red Devils’ top twenty goals of the Premier League season so far serve as a brilliant reminder of the brightness of the young talent at Old Trafford.

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There’s Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, of course, but you can move even further down the age list to find teenagers Mason Greenwood and Brandon Williams belting some beauties.

That’s not all: Scott McTominay’s got three absolute stunners and that’s barely a part of his job.

Bruno Fernandes, Daniel James, and Paul Pogba are there making plays as well, and United will be dreaming of a clean slate, some changes in defense, and a chance to get back into the discussion as possible Premier League contenders.

When will United be back on the pitch? British prime minister Boris Johnson says the lockdown will continue in England for a bit longer as the UK hopes to avoid raising the coronavirus curve.

The next Premier League club meeting will be on Monday, May 11 to move ‘project restart’ to the next phase, and possibly vote on resuming the season.

All 20 Premier League clubs have so far agreed that they want to finish the current season but only when things improve and it is safe to play again.

Man United cruise to 5-0 lead in Europa League last-16 (video)

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Manchester United all but sealed their place in the Europa League quarterfinals — should the competition continue over the coming days and weeks — with a 5-0 demolition of LASK in the two sides’ round-of-16 first-leg clash in Linz, Austria, on Thursday.

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The game was played in an empty stadium due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Five different Red Devils scored on the day, including a pair of forwards in January signing Odion Ighalo and 18-year-old Mason Greenwood.

Ighalo tallied his fourth goal (all competitions) since joining Man United on transfer deadline day, with his second in the Europa League. While he is still awaiting his first Premier League goal for the club, he appeared to be in fine form with his left-footed strike to open scoring in the 28th minute.

Daniel James and Juan Mata made it 2-0 and 3-0, respectively, before Greenwood pinged the ball off both posts before sneaking over the goal line in the 91st minute. Andreas Pereira added a fifth for good measure just seconds after the restart.

United are tentatively scheduled to host LASK for the second leg at Old Trafford next Thursday.

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