EPL Betting: United go five points clear
Paul Scholes was as ever at the heart of most of what United did well and was rewarded with the official Man Of The Match award.
Manchester United beat Aston Villa convincingly but not without a little controversy
Manchester United did the business against a lacklustre and injury-plagued Aston Villa side.
Ashley Young won a controversial penalty for the second week running, going down all too easily under a challenge early on. Just like last week, Wayne Rooney converted it to give United a 1-0 lead. At least this time round there were no further sanctions for the player alleged to have brought Young down.
Paul Scholes was as ever at the heart of most of what United did well and was rewarded with the official Man Of The Match award. Wayne Rooney was matched at 3.65 to score two goals or more in the game and that's what precisely what he did, adding a second after good work on the right from the ever-dependable Antonio Valencia. But despite that, Rooney actually had an indifferent game, losing possession all too often and misplacing too many passes.
United only ever touched [1.29] on the match odds market and were backed at [1.96] to keep a clean sheet. Danny Wellbeck was matched at 2.94 to score at anytime, Nani added a fourth late on after replacing Young.
The defending champions are now just [1.17] to win the Premier League, having been backed at a high of [4.5].
As for Aston Villa, they're [16.5] for relegation and there are probably too many teams in more precarious positions for them to realistically be sucked into the relegation dogfight but things need to improve, or else Alex McLeish will justifiably be fearing for his job.