Januzaj’s strike takes Man U past Aston Villa

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London: Adnan Januzaj justified his recall to Louis van Gaal’s starting XI on Friday by scoring the only goal in Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Aston Villa in the Barclays Premier League.The Reds are now unbeaten in 20 top-flight matches at Villa Park in a run that stretches all the way back to September 1996. The victory also means United have tallied six points from six following two tricky opening fixtures, which is crucially five points more than the total registered at this stage of the last campaign.

The match was notably moved to Friday night due to a heavily-policed event being held in Birmingham on Saturday and, although many fans were late to the stadium following traffic issues, most supporters at Villa Park appeared to enjoy the novelty of such scheduling judging by the raucous atmosphere.Van Gaal made just one change to his starting XI by selecting Januzaj in place of Ashley Young, with the Belgian forward playing in the hole behind Wayne Rooney, while new signing Memphis Depay performed out wide on the left, a position in which he excelled for PSV Eindhoven.

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