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GREAT SCOTT Aston Villa 1 Man Utd 2: Scott McTominay scores dramatic late winner to keep Champions League dream alive

The midfielder climbed off the bench to head home an 85th minute winner for his side

DOUGLAS LUIZ was left ruing his shoulder shimmy micky-take in front of Andre Onana as Manchester United made him pay.

Luiz’s celebrations after his 67th-minute equaliser left the Red Devils goalkeeper distraught, much to the displeasure of a number of United players. Fast forward to the 87th minute and it was substitute Scott McTominay leading the celebrations with the travelling faithful.

Scott McTominay kept Man Utd's top four hopes alive with a late winner at Aston Villa

The sub had come on to plunder another late goal in this crucial clash in the battle for fourth. Raphael Varane, who had held his hands out at Luiz to ask the Brazilian what he was playing at with that celebration, was straight in the Villa player’s face.

The referee had to come over to make sure it did not all escalate. What a moment it was to finish an absolute thriller at The Villa which saw Rasmus Hojlund claim yet another goal with his sixth in seven games to open the scoring after 17 minutes.

Douglas Luiz fired back for Villa in the second half

It was a crackling from the first whistle, a game full of passion and attacking intent on both sides. This was one clearly both sides were out to win.

It was a newly-confident United who started the best with their new threatening attack doing just that, threatening. When Rashford stormed down the middle of the park on a 50-yard run he found Alejandro Garnacho on the right.

Dalot’s cross was aimed for Hojlund but Diego Carlos had got back and intercepted with his head. When Villa tried to play the ball out from the back and made a mess of it a great chance came the Red Devils way.

Bruno Fernandes fed Hojlund who had a free shot but he fell backwards as he tried to execute and screwed the effort wide. That brought much mocking from the Holte End but they would be silenced five minutes later by the same player.

He shimmied in celebration in front of United's defenders

What a well-worked set-piece it was too. Fernandes fired the corner over deep and Harry Maguire took to the clouds to reach it.

Slabhead gave it an absolute slab back across goal and Hojlund was there unmarked to turn it home from close range. With that he became the second youngest player in Premier League history at 21 years seven days to score in five successive games.

The youngest is Nicolas Anelka at 19 years 239 days.

Advantage United but Villa did everything to try and level things back up by the break as they turned on the turbos. Onana has had plenty of stick this season and his ill-fated trip to the Afcon with Cameroon hardly enhanced his reputation.

But he has bounced back since and was crucial to United keeping their lead at the break. When Villa captain John McGinn released a thunderbolt he took flight to get his finger tips to it.

Then when McGinn turned provider to put Ollie Watkins in, Onana slide out bravely towards the player blocking the shot with his knee and colliding with the Villa player and his own defender Diogo Dalot.

He required attention but was soon back up and appreciating Maguire for his defensive work. For when Luiz fed Jacob Ramsey a chance was on but Maguire always puts his body on the line and slid in with a fine block.

His renaissance at United continues.

United are now just five points behind fourth-place Villa

Into the second period and within it’s first minute Rashford was off on another of his trademark runs. It finished with a jink inside, a 360 turn while retaining the ball but he couldn’t get a decent shot away.

Up the other end and Ollie Watkins had the perfect opportunity to mark his 150th game for the club. He had recently surpassed the half century Premier League goal mark for Villa too, which was recognised before the game.

But it was the gift he then got in front of goal which he failed to take. Matty Cash provided the cross and Watkins unmarked in the six yard box turned the ball goalwards.

Unfortunately he hit it straight at Onana. Garnacho was clearly out to write more headlines of his own but his shot from an angle that failed to find the target was at the expense of a cross to Hojlund who looked less than impressed.

Onana was having one of his best games for United but his resolve would finally be broken but not before another amazing stop. He flung out a hand to deny Clement Lenglet at point blank range.

But when Leon Bailey drilled the ball back in Luiz turned it into the top corner. Then came the shimmy of delight and it was game on. A game United claimed to the absolute delight of their players and fans.