Manchester United scored four goals in the Barclays Premier League for the first time since the opening day of the 2013/14 campaign as Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Javier Hernandez netted to give the Reds a 4-1 comeback win over Aston Villa.
David Moyes’ men went 1-0 down to Ashley Westwood’s free-kick on 13 minutes at Old Trafford on Saturday, but Rooney led the Reds’ riposte – and it was an emphatic one, leading to a repeat of August’s scoreline against Swansea City.
“Wayne has been a talisman for us this season,” Darren Fletcher told MUTV. “He’s been fantastic. He’s a real leader and he’s really starting to show that now in his performances. You could say he has always done that but his consistency levels are really good; he’s a fantastic player and we’re glad he’s staying with us. He’ll go on to achieve more great success.”
Rooney headed home Shinji Kagawa’s cross after 20 minutes and added a second goal from the penalty spot before the break, with Mata getting off the mark with his first goal for the club in the second half.
Fletcher said of the Spaniard: “He’s a fantastic player and is a great lad in the dressing room. He’s come here and settled in at the club; we’re pleased to have him here. He’s been desperate for that goal and he’s glad it’s come now. Hopefully he can kick on and get a few more towards the end of the season.”