Manchester United maintained their impressive record at Villa Park as they beat Aston Villa thanks to Adnan Januzaj’s first-half strike.
Januzaj, who made a rare start having been linked with a loan move away, scored as United took their unbeaten run at the ground to 20 league matches.
The winger put United ahead when he got on the end of Juan Mata’s incisive pass and finished from close range.
Villa rarely threatened as the Red Devils kept a second clean sheet. The victory lifted United to the top of the Premier League table for the first time since August 2013.
Memphis Depay had a chance to increase the margin of victory after the break when he was slipped in by Mata, but could only curl his shot past the post.
Villa only sporadically put the United defence under pressure with forward Gabby Agbonlahor’s header from a corner the best chance that the home side could muster.