Manchester United went top of the Premier League as they maintained their perfect start to the league season and in the process extended their fanatstic run at Villa Park.
The big news before kick off was the continued exclusion of David De Gea as doubts about his Manchester United remained and refused to go away. In his absence, Sergio Romero kept his place while Adnan Januzaj was handed a rare start in place of Ashley Young.
The Belgian, who has been linked with a loan exit, scored the only goal of the match as United completed back-to-back 1-0 wins in the Premier League, and extended their unbeaten run at Villa Park in the league to 20 games.
Mata played an incisive pass to Januzaj who then evaded Richards’ sliding tackle before sending a low drive in off the post with the help of a deflection off Villa defender Ciaran Clark.
Villa offered nothing in form of attacking threat as the Man United defence had to deal with little or no pressure. Wayne Rooney also failed to impress for the second game running. Aston Villa will know that they will have to improve in attack, a side whose attack has been further blunted by the departure of Benteke.