Manchester United got a much-needed victory on Sunday as they saw off Aston Villa thanks to two goals in three minutes from Danny Welbeck and a second-half strike from Tom Cleverley.

United made four changes to the side that beat Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Welbeck partnering talisman Wayne Rooney upfront and captain Patrice Evra coming back in at left-back.

Marc Albrighton was the notable inclusion for Paul Lambert's side, given a rare opportunity to prove his worth after falling out of favour at the West Midlands club.

The hosts had the slightly better start, probing the United box but never really getting into a scoring position. Two shots on target from Albrighton was the highlight of their ten minute period.

It didn't take the visitors long to find their way into the game, though. 15 minutes in, Adnan Januzaj met a great Rafael da Silva cross and headed onto the post only for Welbeck to pounce onto the rebound for his first goal since his two against Swansea on the opening day.

The England international then found himself with another. Slack defending from Villa led to Cleverley intercepting and setting off Welbeck, the forward then spread it to the right for Antonio Valencia and slid in to convert the winger's cross for 2-0.

The scoring was completed seven minutes after the restart. Again, it was good team play from the away side with Cleverley and Rooney exchanging passes leading to the former making the run into the box and finishing past Brad Guzan for his first league goal in almost a year.

It was a perfect way for both goalscorers to silence a few doubters after months of criticism.

Welbeck revelled in the chance to partner Rooney up top after Robin van Persie had been ruled out earlier this week for up to a month. Rooney was making his 500th club appearance.

Moyes' side were also boosted by the return of Darren Fletcher just past the hour mark. The Scottish international hadn't appeared for United since Boxing Day last year and received a hero's welcome from the travelling support

The Villains slightly made more of a game of it towards the end but it was too late. Efforts from Karim El Ahmadi and Andreas Weimann were quite comfortably shepherded away and United saw the remainder of the game out for three points.

Man United's first win in five takes them above Southampton in eighth and leaves Aston Villa on 19 points in 11th.

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