Aston Villa suffered a major setback in their chase for European football in the new season after they were beaten at home by Manchester United. The midlands club scored first before a strong second half performance from the Red Devils led to a 3-1 win for the visitors at Villa Park.
Sergio Aguero is the leading goalscorer in the history of Manchester City and he could have given his team a second goal almost at the end of the first half but his tame spot kick was saved by Blues shot stopper Edouard Mendy after young Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour was penalised for a foul. Chelsea came back to win the game 2-1 with two goals from Moroccan Hakim Ziyech and Spanish fullback Marcos Alonso.
With the defeat at home to Chelsea, Manchester City had to rely on Aston Villa to beat Manchester United for them to win the title. At the end of the first half against Chelsea, Manchester City were 45 minutes away from winning the title and that was what happened at Villa Park. The Citizens were 45 minutes away from the Premier League title after Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore gave Villa a 1-0 lead at the interval following his unstoppable strike at the start of the game only for the Red Devils to come out fighting in the second half.
Aston Villa was unable to cope with the Manchester United firepower as they succumbed to goals from Bruno Fernandes (penalty), Mason Greenwood and substitute EdinsonCavani. Villa had star striker Ollie Watkins sent off in the final minutes of the game for simulation. The newly capped England international was already on a yellow card before he received another one for diving in the Manchester United box.