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EPL: Man Utd beat Villa to move level with Liverpool; Everton lose to West Ham



Manchester United defeated Aston Villa 2-1 at the Old Trafford on New Year’s Day to move level on points with Premier League leaders, Liverpool.

The Red Devils got ahead in the 40th minute when Anthony Martial stooped in a header past Villa keeper.

The visitors fought back to level 13 minutes after the restart when Bertrand Traore calmly finished underneath David de Gea.

But just three minutes after, United were awarded a penalty after Douglas Luiz clipped on Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes converted to seal victory.

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The win for Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s side was their eighth victory in 10 games.

Earlier on Friday, Everton lost 1-0 at the Goodison Park to visiting West Ham following a late goal by Tomas Soucek.

The Hammers manager David Moyes, who was formerly at Everton, said winning at his former club for the first time since he left was “special”.

Everton, who had won their previous four league games, missed out on climbing to second in the table, while West Ham climbed to 10th.

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