Marcus Rashford may want to avoid the local pubs at Witton for a while after his first-half goal for Manchester United against Aston Villa guaranteed the historic club’s relegation drop for the first time since 1987.
Despite the return of Wayne Rooney, Louis van Gaal opted to place the captain in the 10 spot and play Rashford up front. It was a decision that proved to be the right one for the Man United boss as Rashford caught a pass from Antonio Valencia before the end of the half that he slipped past a Villa defender and their goalkeeper Brad Guzan for the lone goal of the match.
Rooney would end up getting subbed out at the 67′ mark after a strong showing in his first start in two months. And with 15 minutes left in the game, Rashford was pulled in favor of Anthony Martial – earning a thunderous applause from the Old Trafford crowd and an almost-smile from Louis van Gaal.
The result of Manchester United 1-0 Aston Villa made the Villans’ drop to the Championship Division assured. The historic club were one of the only teams to never get relegated in the Premier League era. But 16 points and only three wins ultimately assured their drop.