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Manchester United can take positives from Villa win

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During Sunday's 3-0 win over Aston Villa, Manchester United played with a sense of hunger that they lacked against Newcastle last week.

They scored three goals but were on the front foot for a majority of the game. Usually, United would score one goal and take their gas of the pedal. But this could be a good platform to slowly build a comeback to the season.

There were many positives to take from the game for Manchester United, here are a few:

Danny Welbeck

Welbeck has often been criticised for his lack of goals and that is mainly is due to the fact that he was always played wide left and was always second fiddle to the likes of Robin van Persie.

With both Chicharito and Van Persie out of action, Welbeck would get a string of chances. He grabbed the first one on Sunday, scoring two goals in the space of minutes.

Welbeck was lively for the entire game, running behind central defenders and was inventive with the back-heel that set-up Tom Cleverley's shot on goal.

Welbeck will get a run in the first-team if he keeps scoring goals. David Moyes could have a dilemma picking a centre-forward for the team when Van Persie becomes fit again.

The right flank:

The right flank against Aston Villa was on fire, the understanding between Rafael and Antonio Valencia was clearly evident, with very few misplaced passes.

Rafael and Valencia drilled cross after cross into the box. They found each other with finesse and Rafael also made critical clearances when he was called upon to do his defensive duties. Valencia could have scored on a couple of occasions but he chose to selflessly pass back to another player.

Chris Smalling filled in at right-back at the start of the season. Being predominately a central defende, the difference was quite evidently seen when Rafael played in the same position. 

Central-midfield: 

Manchester United were far more stable in the centre of the park on Sunday than during previous games.

One man that should also be lauded for his role in the centre is Tom Cleverley, who worked tirelessly for the entire game making key tackles, blocks and continually striding forward.

He capped his performance with a goal and amusingly it was on this day a year ago that he last scored.

Darren Fletcher came off the bench with the Manchester United fans cheering on. Fletcher will be a huge asset to the team when he returns to his best. He set-up a chance for Welbeck with a lofted passes, but the England international could not find the back of the net.

Centre-back pairing:
 
Although Aston Villa did not pose any real threat to United, there were quite a few chances for the home side. United haven't had a stable central pairing this season and have had to keep changing due to injuries. But the pairing of Phil Jones and Jonny Evans was good, with both players seeing off the aerial threat offered by the home side.

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