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MANCHESTER UNITED WELCOME Aston Villa to Old Trafford today in the Premier League, and we’ll keep you up-to-date on all the action as it happens throughout the afternoon.

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Good afternoon, folks, and welcome along to our liveblog of the Premier League meeting of Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford. Team news coming up…

Manchester United: De Gea, Valencia, Jones, Rojo, Blind, Carrick, Herrera, Mata, Fellaini, Young, Rooney. Subs: Valdes, Rafael, McNair, A Pereira, Januzaj, Di Maria, Falcao.

So Louis van Gaal makes just one change to the United team that beat Liverpool last time out, with Marcos Rojo replacing Chris Smalling at the back.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Lowton, Delph, Sanchez, N’Zogbia, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Benteke. Subs: Given, Vlaar, Bacuna, Cole, Gil, Baker, Grealish.

Ciaran Clark starts, while Shay Given and Jack Grealish are on the bench for Villa, who are looking to bounce back from a 1-0 home defeat to Swansea City.

United are aiming for a fifth consecutive Premier League win to cement their place in the top four.

A United win is important for their hopes of making the Champions League next season… but also for this poor fella’s anatomy.

Kick-off at Old Trafford is at 3pm. Can Villa upset United this afternoon?

A privilege for everyone connected with Manchester United to be graced by the presence of the great Tim Sherwood today…

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1Mins

We’re underway at Old Trafford…

4Mins

Good run from Ashley Young but his shot from distance against his former club is blocked by Ciaran Clark.

6Mins

Wayne Rooney is furious after being pulled down in the box by Clark but no penalty given.

7Mins

Decent chance for Agbonlahor at the other end after some confusion at the back for United but Valencia denies him.

10Mins

Another great run by Young sets up Mata but his shot is blocked. Rooney follows up and earns United a corner.

11Mins

Villa with 11 men behind the ball. It’s been a good start by United. You get the sense that a goal isn’t far away.

14Mins

Aside from the fact that he possibly should have been sent off for that foul on Wayne Rooney, Ciaran Clark has started very well for Villa.

16Mins

Ambitious effort from Benteke easily saved by de Gea.

18Mins

Poor challenge from Valencia on Delph. Very fortunate to escape without a yellow card.

21Mins

Fergie is in attendance at Old Trafford. Always watching. Judging.

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23Mins

Brilliant long-range effort from Marcos Rojo but Guzan gets a crucial touch on it to push it over for a corner.

27Mins

Valencia’s cross from the right finds Rooney and his bicycle kick goes so far off target that it was very nearly a throw-in instead of a goal-kick.

34Mins

Villa have been defending very well so far. United pretty dominant but they’re being frustrated by the visitors.

37Mins

Break in play while Alan Hutton is treated for an injury. The camera pans to Falcao, who looks overjoyed to be spending another afternoon on the bench.

40Mins

The United attacks continue. Young’s cross from the left is punched clear by Guzan. Half-time approaching but no breakthrough yet.

41Mins

Young has been causing Villa a lot of problems down that left-hand side. United will be disappointed if it stays goalless at the break.

43Mins

Good shot by Daley Blind deflects off Clark but it’s well saved by Guzan.

44Mins

There’s the goal United deserve. Young played it to Blind down the left, the Dutchman cut back a nice pass to Ander Herrera just inside the box, and he applied a tidy finish to give United the lead.

45Mins

Two minutes of added time to be played at the end of this first-half.

45Mins

Scramble in the Villa box as United threaten to score a second but Rojo’s header is saved by Guzan.

Here’s the goal that’s given United the upper hand…

https://t.co/jfj0T46lJN

So Villa almost made it to the break on level terms but there can be no denying that the home side deserved that goal. Can Villa get back into it in the second-half? Stick with us and we’ll find out.

46Mins

The game has resumed, with Villa making one change as Bacuna replaces the injured Hutton.

48Mins

Carrick fouled on the edge of the box but United are wasteful with the quick free-kick.

50Mins

Really good chance for Villa but Benteke fires it over the crossbar from close range.

52Mins

Young, who’s been excellent for United, cuts in from the left and drills a shot narrowly wide from the edge of the box.

56Mins

Free-kick for United in a dangerous position but Mata sends it well off target.

58Mins

Now Villa have a free-kick with a chance to threaten but Delph sends it harmlessly into the hands of de Gea.

61Mins

Another change for Aston Villa, with Baker coming on to replace N’Zogbia.

62Mins

Valencia crosses from the right and Fellaini’s header into the ground is touched over for a corner by Guzan.

65Mins

Looks like United are preparing to bring in Angel Di Maria.

70Mins

Rooney capitalises on some sloppy Villa defending but sends his shot wide with the inside of his boot.

70Mins

Di Maria is on but surprisingly it’s Ashley Young who makes way.

72Mins

Corner to United. They could do with a second goal to put this game out of Villa’s reach.

73Mins

Shot by Blind from distance is diverted wide by Fellaini.

76Mins

Weimann is fouled by Rojo and now Villa have a free-kick in a very interesting position.

76Mins

Bacuna sends in a great delivery from the right but Okore can’t get enough contact on it. United breathe easy.

78Mins

Falcao comes on for United to replace Fellaini.

80Mins

Superb goal by Rooney. He controlled Di Maria’s cross from the left and fired home past Guzan.

82Mins

Ninety seconds later, Villa are back in the game as Benteke blasts the ball underneath David de Gea, who probably should have done better. It’s not over yet.

83Mins

Here’s Rooney’s superb goal…

https://vine.co/v/Olwe2DuzEjZ

86Mins

Corner for United as they look to put the result beyond doubt.

89Mins

United opting to keep possession and close this one out instead of pushing for a third.

90Mins

Four minutes of additional time to be played.

90Mins

That’s the win wrapped up now. Villa squander possession, Rooney plays in Mata who cuts it back from the right for Herrera to provide another lovely finish for his second of the afternoon.

This was Herrera’s second…

https://vine.co/v/OlwnjqtFJFl

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