Manchester United join Liverpool at top with Villa win; Everton lose

Manchester United pulled level with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League after a 2-1 win over Aston Villa on New Year’s Day. Bruno Fernandes scored the winner from the penalty spot after Villa’s Bertrand Traore had equalized Anthony Martial’s first-half strike. The result left United second on goal difference behind champions Liverpool, who play at Southampton on Monday. Earlier, Everton lost ground as they were upended 1-0 at home by West Ham to remain fourth. Martial gave United the lead five minutes before half-time at Old Trafford with a header after a fine move begun by Paul Pogba. …

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