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Unai Emery in a dream first half against Manchester United as Aston Villa take a 2-0 lead thanks to goals from Leon Bailey and Lucas Digne

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Unai Emery could not have wished for a better start in charge of Aston Villa as his side quickly took a 2-0 lead against Manchester United.

The Villans scored twice in the opening 11 minutes at Villa Park through Leon Bailey and Lucas Digne to send home fans into a frenzy.

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Leon Bailey broke Aston Villa’s deadlock against Manchester United in the seventh minute

Lucas Digne was mobbed by his teammate after throwing a free kick shortly after Bailey's strike

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Lucas Digne was mobbed by his teammate after throwing a free kick shortly after Bailey’s strike

After failing to lead Villa’s 4-0 away defeat at Newcastle last week, Emery ensured his side fired from the opening whistle in the Midlands.

And his side got their reward for the frantic start in the seventh minute after Bailey struck home in the bottom left corner.

The Jamaican winger was played behind the defense by Jacob Ramsey, with the striker giving David De Gea no chance between the sticks.

Spanish shot-stopper De Gea then took the ball back from his net soon after as Digne’s curling free-kick was tucked into the same corner in the 11th minute.

Incredibly, five of Villa’s 13 Premier League goals this season have come in the first 15 minutes under a new interim manager.

Villa scored three times against Brenford in their 4-0 first-quarter win under Aaron Danks.


Former Crystal Palace striker Clinton Morrison has hailed Villa’s electric start against the Villans.

He said: “It was a brilliant free kick.

“Manchester United haven’t started and I don’t know if they can recover from that, being 2-0 down after 10 minutes because this place is erupting.

“The fans were brilliant and it was an incredible free kick from Lucas Digne.”

Unai Emery's side led 2-0 inside 11 minutes in their first game in charge of the Villans

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Unai Emery’s side led 2-0 inside 11 minutes in their first game in charge of the Villans

If Villa hold the crucial three points, they would move into 14th place – two points clear of the bottom three.

As for United, a defeat would see them remain fifth behind Newcastle.



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