Manchester United’s winning run came to an end on Saturday as they were held to a 1-1 Premier League draw by 10-man Aston Villa.
Louis van Gaal’s side travelled to Birmingham on the back of six straight wins and boasting an excellent record at Villa, who had lost to Midlands rivals West Brom last time out.
However, United were frustrated by a dogged showing from Paul Lambert’s men, who held on for a point despite playing the final 25 minutes a man down after Gabriel Agbonlahor was handed a straight red card.
Christian Benteke gave Villa the lead in the 18th minute as he curled home only his second goal of the campaign.
United initially laboured in their quest to level matters, but pulled level in the 53rd minute when Radamel Falcao headed in from close range.
Lee Mason’s controversial decision to send off Agbonlahor for a foul on ex-Villa man Ashley Young 12 minutes later looked to have tilted the contest in United’s favour, but the visitors – who introduced the fit-again Angel di Maria off the bench – could not find a winner.
United dominated possession in the opening stages but struggled to find a way through a well-organised Villa side.
Manchester City 3 – 0 Crystal Palace
Aston Villa 1 – 1 Manchester United
Hull City 0 – 1 Swansea City
Queens Park Rangers 3 – 2 West Bromwich Albion
Southampton 3 – 0 Everton
Tottenham Hotspur 2 – 1 Burnley
West Ham United 2 – 0 Leicester City