Dec 15, 2013 at 1.30pm UK at ​Villa Park
Aston Villa
0-3
Man UtdManchester United

Agbonlahor (50'), Lowton (65'), Clark (73'), Baker (78')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Welbeck (16', 19'), Cleverley (52')
de Gea (50'), Welbeck (78')

Half-Time Report: Danny Welbeck brace gives Manchester United lead

Two goals from Danny Welbeck give Manchester United a comfortable 2-0 lead over Aston Villa at half time.

Half time at Villa Park sees Manchester United hold a comfortable 2-0 lead over Aston Villa in their Premier League clash.

The home side pressured early on and tested David de Gea with a couple of long-range shots that were saved well by the Spaniard.

Marc Albrighton tested De Gea again on 10 minutes with a well-struck volley, but it was kept out well.

United took the lead on 15 minutes after Rafael's cross found Adnan Januzaj, who headed against the post before Danny Welbeck put the rebound away.

Danny Welbeck of Manchester United is by congratulated by Rafael da Silva and team mates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Manchester United at Villa Park on December 15, 2013© Getty Images

Three minutes later, Welbeck grabbed a second, latching onto Antonio Valencia's low cross to put the ball into the back of the net via the underside of the crossbar.

Wayne Rooney should have made it three on 29 minutes after being found by Valencia, but the striker dragged his effort wide.

Welbeck almost completed a first-half hat-trick after being played in by Valencia on 34 minutes, but the striker could only pull his shot wide.

Jonny Evans rose above the Villa defence and headed towards goal on 39 minutes, but his effort was kept out well by Brad Guzan.

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United celebrates scoring their second goal from the penalty spot during the Barclays Premier League Match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on December 1, 2013
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