Date: 17th April 2016 at 10:56am
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Another win, three more points and the chance of attaining that ‘minimum requirement` of Champions League football next season lives on.

But whilst there were smiles from the United players following the 1-0 win, there were nothing but sad faces from an Aston Villa side that had slipped through the relegation trap-door and into the Championship for the first time since the late-eighties.

After the game both managers spoke to the media with Louis van Gaal remarking,

‘We have three points and make some distance from Southampton and West Ham, so the three points are very important. I’m not too happy with the performance. We have to finish the games a lot earlier and today we didn’t do that.

‘I have said to the boys before the match that Chelsea can beat Manchester City. City have the problem we had in that they have played this week and Chelsea didn’t so they are more prepared. They can beat them I hope.’

Unfortunately that wasn`t to happen with City easing to a 3-0 win to make the challenge that much harder.

As for the Aston Villa caretaker manager Eric Black, he had this to say,

‘It’s a mood of disappointment. What I will say is today I thought they (Villa players) were outstanding – energy levels, desire to stick to the plan.

‘But for some misfortune I thought we could have got a draw. I know there has been criticism – some of it deserved – but today they showed there was some pride for the shirt.

‘There are players in there capable of playing in the Championship. People in certain places will make sure that Villa will come back, I’m confident of that. That process has to start now.’

The Premier League will be a poorer place without Aston Villa, let`s hope whoever takes over the managerial hot-seat can turn the club around.