Danny Welbeck scored twice as Manchester United avoided a third Premier League defeat in a row by overwhelming Aston Villa.
Welbeck’s goals came in the space of three minutes – his opener coming when he slotted in after Adnan Janujaz’s header rebounded off the post.
The England striker then slid in to score from Antonio Valencia’s cross.
Villa struggled to cope with the visitors and Wayne Rooney set up Tom Cleverley to drive in a third.
Manchester United manager David Moyes: “It was a good job from us. The players did well and the only thing I would criticise is that we didn’t score more goals.
“We were a bit sloppy in first five minutes but after that played really well.”
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert: “I thought we started as well as we have done for a number of weeks but the first goal was poor as we should have stopped the cross. The second and third goals, we were in possession and they scored.
“The pleasing thing is we never gave up. The disappointing thing for me is the manner of the goals.”
Former Aston Villa striker Dean Saunders: “I just despair at times. I know there’s a difference in budget but I watch the strikers and Agbonlahor, Benteke and Kozak have not put enough into it.
“I remember when I was a kid and I didn’t chase the goalkeeper and my youth coach sent me home for a week and told me not to bother coming back until he phoned me. As a striker you’ve got to run and they don’t work hard enough.”