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. “I’m delighted with the three points,” United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “It’s early in the season, we shouldn’t be getting too carried away. [But] we’ve improved, we’re getting better. The league is going to be …

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