Which goal against Aston Villa was best?

Wednesday 27 December 2023 17:30

Manchester United's Boxing Day comeback against Aston Villa was nothing short of remarkable.

The Reds were trailing at the break, thanks to goals from John McGinn and Leander Dendoncker, and the chances of United securing three points at Old Trafford seemed slim.

However, a dominant performance in a vibrant Theatre of Dreams ensured that Erik ten Hag's team flipped the script and triumphed 3-2.

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Immediately after the restart, United were on the front foot and the pace of Alejandro Garnacho and Marcus Rashford caused the Villa defence all sorts of problems.

Rashford broke in behind and laid the ball to our no.17 to finish, but the referee ruled it out for offside.

Minutes later, however, Rashford did get an assist for Garnacho, with the winger breaking down the left before rolling the ball into the path of the Argentina international to halve the deficit.

Operating from the right, Garnacho was a livewire throughout the encounter and once again cut inside.

With the help of a deflection, his left-footed strike left compatriot Emiliano Martinez rooted in the Villa goal and all of a sudden United were level.

Up step Rasmus Hojlund.

Which of our strikes against Aston Villa was your favourite?poll

Which of our strikes against Aston Villa was your favourite?

Our no.11 entered the fixture still in search of his first Premier League goal but when the ball was crossed into the box from a corner, the Denmark international brought it down and curled a fine finish into the back of the net, sending Old Trafford into delirium.

The emotion in his celebration showed just how much it meant to Hojlund to open his league account in M16 for United.

Unsurprisingly, given the importance of the goal for the Reds and for Rasmus, it topped our post-match poll by a considerable margin, as you can see above.