Man United beats Villa 3-0 to halt league slump

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 15, 2013 at 10:24 am •  Published: December 15, 2013
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BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — Danny Welbeck's double steered Manchester United to a 3-0 victory at Aston Villa on Sunday to halt a four-game winless run in the Premier League.

The pressure eased on manager David Moyes as Welbeck sidefooted in the opener in the 15th minute and the striker found the target again inside three minutes.

"It was a good all-round team performance and everyone got together and played good football and got the goals," Welbeck told broadcaster Sky Sports. "Good strikers finish and that's where I want to play — up top, but I'm happy to play in the team whether on the left or right."

In a vibrant United display, Tom Cleverley netted his first goal of the season seven minutes into the second half as the champions avoided a third straight league loss.

The victory pushed United up to eighth place, 10 points behind leader Arsenal.

It was lapped up by a vocal away support, who chanted: "We are staying up."

Villa Park is one of the most accommodating grounds for United, which is unbeaten there since 1995.

The visitors helped themselves with their speed and intensity, a sharp improvement on grim recent performances. Villa was unable to match the tempo and left far too many open spaces for United players to flood into.

Antonio Valencia gave defender Antonio Luna a miserable time, and Rafael was able to surge to the byline and send over a superb cross that was met perfectly by Adnan Januzaj.

The teenager's header flashed past goalkeeper Brad Guzan, and when it came bouncing back off a post, Welbeck was racing in to apply a first-time finish to the rebound to put United in front.

Within three minutes, the visitors had struck again.

This time Valencia provided the opportunity, with Welbeck sliding between defenders to touch home.

It was the perfect way for United to answer their critics, and Welbeck to silence a few of his.



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