Manchester United’s midfielder Adnan Januzaj (L) celebrates with Luke Shaw after he scored during an English Premier League football match against Aston Villa at Villa Park in Birmingham, central England, on August 14, 2015 (AFP Photo/Ben Stansall)
United Kingdom (AFP) – Adnan Januzaj marked his Manchester United return with a goal as Louis van Gaal’s side beat Aston Villa 1-0 on Friday to claim a second consecutive Premier League victory.
Making his first start since February, Januzaj converted a glorious pass from Juan Mata on the half-hour as United extended an unbeaten record in league games at Villa Park that now stands at 20 years.
Following a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, this victory, in a game brought forward due to a far-right march in the area on Saturday, means United, now top of the table, have started a season with back-to-back wins for the first time since 2011.
“I think we have played better than last week, certainly in the first 25 minutes,” said United manager Van Gaal. “But after we scored the goal, we were running out of the game. We had a lot of unnecessary ball losses.
“I’m very pleased, because you can’t get more points than six.”
It took United until November 22 to record their first away win last season and with Van Gaal having pinpointed his side’s away form as an area in need of improvement, he will hope that this win augurs well for the campaign ahead.
Villa gave home debuts to no fewer than six players, while new signing Adama Traore watched from the stands after completing his move from Barcelona, but despite strong starts to each half, last season’s beaten FA Cup finalists struggled to create chances.
“I didn’t think there was too much in the game, to be perfectly honest,” said Villa manager Tim Sherwood.
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Source:: PM Newspaper