Manchester United’s win at Villa Park means the champagne in the Etihad fridges remains on ice – for now at least.
The Red Devils cut the gap at the top to 10 points following Chelsea’s win in Manchester yesterday.
At half-time it did look as if Pep Guardiola’s side would be celebrating despite their Saturday loss as Bertrand Traore scored the opener.
But, as has often been the case, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his players worked their half-time magic and came out rejuvenated.
The comeback was complete by the 56th minute after two goals in four minutes.
First Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot before Mason Greenwood slotted the ball into the bottom corner with another excellent finish.
Edinson Cavani came off the bench to add a late third before Ollie Watkins was given his marching orders.
Harry Maguire was forced off in the second-half but its unknown whether it was a precaution.
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United, on the road, going behind, coming back. It is the season’s oldest and most repetitive story.
Traore’s first-half strike meant that once again the Red Devils had the chance to underline their mentality.
Time and time again they’ve reacted well to going behind with Solskjaer often saying the right things at half-time.
United have recovered 28 points from losing positions – 25 of which have come in away games.
Well make that 31 points recovered and 28 of them on the road after they again completed the comeback.2. Greenwood’s Euro push
For the first half of the season Greenwood looked to be falling foul of the dreaded second-season syndrome.
He burst onto the scene last year, hailed as the best finisher at the club, and showed exactly why he had that reputation.
Well Greenwood looks to have rediscovered his goalscoring touch in recent weeks as he scored at Villa Park for the second straight year.
His turn and finish showed exactly why he was picked by Gareth Southgate previously.
A misdemeanour saw him fall out of favour, but with the Euros just weeks away the teenager is blossoming at the right time.Bruno Fernandes levelled things from the spot 3. Villa lack that spark
There was a telling moment in the second-half. With Villa needing a goal Ross Barkley took charge of a free-kick about 25 yards out.
He laid it off to create an angle for a curling effort that never threatened. His Villa team-mates threw up their arms in frustration.
The camera then immediately panned to Jack Grealish sat in the stands as he continues his recovery from injury.
According to Dean Smith the Villa star is close, and his return cannot come soon enough with his unique talents certainly a miss.4. The Lindelof doubts
United centre-halves who aren’t named Harry Maguire do get a hard time of it with a spotlight often shone on their errors.
A new central defender is thought to be on Solskjaer’s shopping list this summer despite already having several at his disposal.
Lindelof has been Maguire’s most regular partner and has impressed in large periods but it is his lack of physicality that is held against them.
That weakness was again exposed as Traore scored Villa’s opener. Lindelof’s reaction to seeing the ball fly into the top corner told you all you needed to know.Dean Henderson saw Bertrand Traore open the scoring 5. Delaying the party
United knew that defeat would hand their neighbours the title for the second time in four seasons.
Back in Pep Guardiola’s first league triumph it was a Red Devils defeat that ensured they could no longer be caught.
There would be no repeat at Villa Park though as United responded from going a goal down to recover three points.
City are by no means stalling, recent defeats have been largely down to several personnel changes, but reverses against Leeds and Chelsea opened up a glimmer of hope.
No one expects United to reel in their arch rivals but psychologically they will want their rivals to win the title, not hand it to them.