Monday 16 April 2012

Clinical Man Utd breeze past Aston Villa

Champions lead Barclays Premier League by five points once more

Man Utd striker Wayne Rooney fires them into an early lead from the penalty spot

Manchester United 4-0 Aston Villa

Manchester United re-established their five-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League thanks to a comfortable victory over Aston Villa at Old Trafford.

United took an early lead when Ashley Young was fouled in the penalty area and Wayne Rooney scored from the spot, and Danny Welbeck slid in to make it 2-0 just before half-time.

Villa keeper Shay Given made a string of fine saves to keep the score down and Emile Heskey brought a good stop from David de Gea at the other end, but Rooney swept in a third with 17 minutes remaining.

Nani came off the bench to wrap it up in stoppage time, the Portuguese firing in Jonny Evans' pass for the rampant League leaders.

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Key Points

  • Rooney scores penalty and Welbeck doubles lead
  • Rooney sweeps home third and Nani fires home in stoppage time to make it 4-0
  • Man Utd now five points clear of Man City at the top