Bruno Fernandes penalty sees Manchester United edge Aston Villa and go level at the top

After picking up yet another three points against stubborn, talented opposition and stretching their unbeaten domestic run to 10 games, Manchester United will spend the weekend level on points at the top of the Premier League, dreaming of what the rest of the new year might bring.

This 2-1 victory over Aston Villa – decided by a Bruno Fernandes penalty after Bertrand Traoré had cancelled out Anthony Martial’s opener – means that only goal difference separates Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side and reigning champions Liverpool after the same number of games.

Jurgen Klopp’s leaders travel to Southampton on Monday night, after which United will go back to having a game in hand over their historic rivals, a position they have occupied since the start of the season. That game – away to Burnley – is up next and the following Sunday, Solskjaer and his players travel to Anfield for what is now shaping up to be a top-of-the-table clash.

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