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Man Utd edge out Villa to strengthen hold on top four

Manchester United strengthened their grip on a top-four place by ending Aston Villa's 10-match unbeaten run with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.

Bruno Fernandes' shot deflected over Emiliano Martinez late in the first half after the goalkeeper had pushed away Marcus Rashford's attempt. Erik ten Hag's team then had to overcome a late scare when Victor Lindelof cleared off the line from Douglas Luiz.

But the win extends United's advantage over Unai Emery's in-form Villa to nine points and though one or both of Liverpool and Tottenham could close the gap later in the day, they are now well placed to secure Champions League qualification for next season.

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