It solely took round a 12 months and a half however Erik ten Hag has lastly gained away within the Premier League to a top-nine crew.
United got here away with three factors at Villa Park in opposition to Aston Villa regardless of being underneath the cosh for a lot of the recreation.
Targets from Rasmus Hojlund and Scott McTominay sealed a nervous win which has lifted a darkish cloud from over Ten Hag’s tenure.
The flexibility to inflict a loss on the house of a rival is the mark of an elite crew and underneath Ten Hag, United weren’t simply unable to take action, they have been woeful.
Earlier than this recreation, the final time United even averted defeat in such a recreation was in opposition to a Tottenham facet managed by Ryan Mason.
Even that was woeful since United have been 2-0 up however managed to attract 2-2.
In addition to that demoralising draw, their away travels included embarrassing outcomes like maulings at Liverpool and Manchester Metropolis and drab attracts in opposition to Chelsea and extra.
This win for United will really feel particular as a result of not solely did they inflict a direct defeat on a top-four rival, it got here on the floor the place Emery began his revolution with a 3-1 win vs United.
Erik ten Hag would hope that this file ending begins a virtuous streak very like Rasmus Hojlund’s scoring streak within the Premier League.
It gained’t be straightforward, since their subsequent fixture away to a top-nine crew is in opposition to Manchester Metropolis on the Etihad Stadium on March 3.
One would presume that Ten Hag and his fees would chew the hand off in the event that they have been supplied an analogous lead to that recreation.
Until then, the supervisor can sleep properly contemplating a shameful file has come to an finish though United followers know that it shouldn’t have taken that lengthy.