United go level with Liverpool after hard fought win over Villa

United climbed to just behind Liverpool on goal difference in the table as they beat Aston Villa in an entertaining match on Friday night.

There wasn’t much to separate the two sides until five minutes before the break when Aaron Wan-Bissaka whipped in a cross from the right that Anthony Martial directed home after Tyrone Mings failed to clear.

That goal was canceled out when Bertrand Traore’s slipped the ball underneath David de Gea, but moments later Douglas Luiz’s was adjudged to bring down Paul Pogba, and the resulting penalty was slotted home by Bruno Fernandes for his 11th league goal this season.

Mings headed wide late on and De Gea pulled off a great save from Matty Cash’s long-range stoppage-time effort as United held out for their eighth win in 10 games.

Off the pitch, the transfer window opened today with rumours circulating that United are putting together a bid for Villa Captain Jack Grealish. After his performance in this game, it’s easy to see why, but such is his importance in the side, it will surely take a monumental offer for the Birmingham club to even consider it.

Alexis Sanchez agrees personal terms with Inter Milan over Manchester United transfer

The Chilean forward joined the Serie A club last summer after a torrid time at Old Trafford, in which he never truly lived up to his potential.

Sanchez’s departure from United was a relief to all involved with the club, from disgruntled fans to no doubt the player himself.

It was never likely that Sanchez would return to Old Trafford at the conclusion of his loan spell at the San Siro, but negotiations still need to be thrashed out between Manchester United and Inter Milan over a possible transfer fee.

Such is the uncertainty surrounding football finances in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is unlikely that Inter will pay the €20m fee United Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward is holding out for, with it understood that the Red Devils are willing to accept €15m.

Whatever is agreed fee-wise, one thing that is for certain is that Alexis Sanchez has agreed personal terms with Inter Milan on a three-year deal, with it claimed the former Barcelona man could earn up to €15m in wages per season.

Manchester United losing those sorts of numbers off their books will certainly give them an advantage when attempting to do business this summer.