Manchester United’s English striker Marcus Rashford (L) celebrates scoring his team’s third goal with Manchester United’s Spanish midfielder Juan Mata during the UEFA Europa League round of 32, second leg football match between Manchester United and and FC Midtjylland at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on February 25, 2016./ AFP / OLI SCARFF Rashford
New kid on the block Marcus Rashford as again the hero as Manchester United defeated Aston Villa 1-0 at Old Trafford to go fourth on the Premier League log while the visitors got relegated.
Marouane Fellaini, Wayne Rooney, and Memphis Depay came back into the starting line-up in place of Michael Carrick, Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial while Aston Villa has no place for Captain Michael Richards as Clark and Lescott were preferred by the manager.
The host had the first chance of the game from a set piece but Marcus Rojo failed to direct his header on goal.
Spanish midfielder Juan Mata as he skipped inside from the right after beating two defenders but then got it all wrong as the ball ends up going out for a goal kick.
Former Manchester United star, Richardson went close for the visitors but it was the Red Devils that took the lead as teen sensation Marcus Rashford scored his seventh goal of the season in 12 appearances.
The 18-year-old turned in a cross from Antonio Valencia to make it 1-0. Rooney came close for United but his effort was saved by Brad Guzan in goal for the visitors as the first half ended with Louis van Gaal’s men with the lead.
The home side dominated the second half like the first and Memphis Depay had an effort save early.
Villa were resilient as they were determined to avoid leaving Old Trafford with basket full of goals. Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard were sent on to replace Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney as United freshened things upfront.
The visitors made a late push for the equalizer and nearly got one as Rudy Gestede hit the post with David de Gea rooted to the ground. It ended 1-0 despite the late surge.
With the defeat, Aston Villa, currently the 6th longest serving team in the Premier League have been relegated after 28 consecutive years in the top flight.