Champions League chasers United are arguably the form team in the country at the moment, although they do at times look a little shaky defensively. Relegation-threatened Villa, meanwhile, haven't won in all competitions since January.
MUFC XI: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire (C), Shaw, Matic, Pogba, Greenwood, Fernandes, Rashford, Martial. SUBS: Romero, Bailly, Williams, Pereira, Fred, James, Mata, McTominay, Ighalo.
AVFC XI: Reina, Konsa, Hause, Mings, Taylor, Douglas Luiz, McGinn, El Ghazi, Grealish (C), Trezeguet, Samatta. SUBS: Nyland, Guilbert, Elmohamady, Nakamba, Hourihane, Lansbury, Jota, Vassilev, Davis.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park.
KICK-OFF! After the players take the knee for Black Lives Matter, referee Jon Moss blows his whistle and Manchester United get proceedings underway.
Greenwood goes down in the penalty area, claiming a foul from Douglas Luiz. Jon Moss is unmoved. It would have been a soft penalty.
Greenwood cuts in and looks to play the ball to a team-mate in the danger area, but Hause is there to clear.
At the other end, El Ghazi has a go at goal, but he misses the target with a tame low effort.
Samatta is flagged offside. It was a tight call. Perhaps last defender Maguire is a lucky man.
McGinn’s corner is headed away at the near post, but only as far as Douglas Luiz, who looks to play in Trezeguet. Offside again.
El Ghazi wins a free-kick within shooting range off Fernandes, who protests. Perhaps he feels United should have been given a foul a moment earlier.
Luiz’s free-kick hits Pogba in the wall and Fernandes heads into touch.
Grealish whips in a free-kick, looking for Samatta. Rashford does well to put the Tanzanian striker off.
Pogba’s cross aimed at Martial comes off Mings. There’s danger, but Hause steps in and clears.
Taylor aims a cross in towards the danger area from Villa’s left, but it’s headed clear. Konsa then whips one in from the right. Luiz wins a corner off Wan-Bissaka.
Konsa puts in another good cross towards the far post. Grealish is there on the volley, but fires off target from close range with his weaker foot!
Grealish’s corner is punched away convincingly by de Gea.
Villa are exposing Manchester United’s frailties, targeting them with crosses.
It’s time for a drinks break with Villa playing the better football in the first quarter.
Reina gets the game back underway for Villa. It’s all too easy as Villa win the midfield battle and Trezeguet gets the ball, but he fires just wide!
PENALTY, UNITED! Moss gives United a penalty for Konsa’s challenge on Fernandes. This is controversial. Fernandes moved towards him. It may be overturned.
GOAL, UNITED, FERNANDES! 0-1: The penalty stands. Fernandes sends Reina the wrong way and rolls the ball into the bottom corner.
United have been reinvigorated, it seems. Shaw’s cross is turned behind for a corner by Hause.
Fernandes takes it short to Rashford. After some interplay, the cross comes in, but it’s dealt with comfortably.
Replays suggest that United’s penalty appeal probably should have been overturned by VAR, although it must have been deemed not a clear and obvious error.
Martial has a low shot at goal, but it’s a comfortable save for Reina to make.
Greenwood has a low shot at goal from the edge of the box after a marauding run. Reina gets down and makes the save.
Rashford goes down in the penalty area, claiming a foul from Luiz. Moss isn’t interested this time.
McGinn has a shot at goal at the other end, but it’s blocked.
McGinn whips in the ensuing free-kick, but it evades everyone in the danger area. Goal-kick.
Wan-Bissaka picks up a yellow card for a clumsy challenge on Samatta.
United are knocking the ball about, probing for a gap in the Villa defence. Dean Smith’s team has not made it easy for the Red Devils.
HALF-TIME: VILLA 0-2 UNITED. A contentious Fernandes penalty and a Greenwood stunner have sent United to the break in front.
GOAL, UNITED, GREENWOOD! 0-2: The break is on after Martial wins the ball in midfield. Greenwood fires home with a lovely shot from the edge of the box!
Matic puts in a clumsy challenge and picks up a yellow card.
We’re into four minutes of stoppage time at the end of the half.
CHANCE! Shaw’s cross picks out Fernandes, but he heads off target from close range!
KICK-OFF! Villa get the second half underway.
There were no changes made over half-time, it seems.
McGinn looks to find Samatta, who goes down in the penalty area. Not given.
CHANCE! Rashford finds Wan-Bissaka at the far post. He misses a header from close range.
Konsa picks up a yellow card for his challenge on Rashford.
Fernandes’ corner is collected comfortably by Reina.
Trezeguet sets up McGinn, who fires straight down de Gea’s throat.
Rashford’s shot goes into the net off Reina, but it is disallowed because Pogba impeded Reina from an offside position.
Rashford plays Martial in behind, but Taylor makes a superb sliding challenge to take the ball off him.
GOAL, UNITED, POGBA! 0-3: From the ensuing corner, the ball is worked to Pogba outside the box via Fernandes and he curls home effortlessly!
Nakamba, Hourihane and Davis are on in place of El Ghazi, McGinn and Samatta.
CROSSBAR! Martial is played in and rattles the woodwork. It was a wonderful run to get himself in that position!
Grealish is limping. This is worrying for Villa.
Hourihane’s header at the far post is collected comfortably by de Gea.
Martial‘s shot deflects comfortably into Reina’s arms. Grealish looks good to continue for now.
Wan-Bissaka makes way for Williams and Matic for McTominay.
We head into another cooling break.
Fred comes on for United in place of Bruno Fernandes, who put in another solid shift.
Shaw’s cross is blocked behind for a corner. Meanwhile, it appears Ighalo and James are set to come on for United.
Bright start from James, who cuts inside and fires wide of the target.
Martial and Greenwood makes way for James and Ighalo.
Nakamba picks up a yellow card and gives United a free-kick well within shooting range.
Rashford takes the free-kick, but fires over the target.
Hourihane is picked out at the far post again, but fires over the target, but Villa have the corner. That is whipped straight at de Gea, who holds on.
Douglas Luiz makes way for Villa and is replaced by Vassilev.
Fred has picked up a yellow card, seemingly for his challenge on Grealish.
FULL-TIME: VILLA 0-3 UNITED. Pogba’s stunner added to first half strikes from Fernandes and Greenwood. United march on in the race for Champions League football.
United continue to dominate the midfield battle. Pogba charges forward and tees up Rashford, but Reina saves his shot.
We’re into three minutes of stoppage time at the end of the game.