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Varane made feelings clear to Douglas Luiz after Man Utd's winner at Villa

  /  autty

Raphael Varane chose to make his feelings known to Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz rather than celebrate with his Manchester United team-mates after Scott McTominay’s late goal earned another vital win over their Champions League challengers.

United players were annoyed by the manner in which Douglas Luiz celebrated in front of goalkeeper Andre Onana after making it 1-1. And Varane did not forget about the Brazilian’s antics while the rest of the United side celebrated in front of their fans when McTominay pounced in the 86th minute.

Erik ten Hag was quizzed on Douglas Luiz's celebration in his post-match press conference and admitted it may have motivated his players to win the match. He said: "I don’t have an opinion on it.

"I haven’t spoken to the players. It may have fuelled the players. I don’t know. We have to think about our game. Not about the opposition. We always want to control the game and dictate it. That should be our approach."

Douglas Luiz was also involved in an altercation with Rasmus Hojlund as the Denmark international left the pitch in the final couple of minutes. The United striker, who scored the opening goal as he continued his impressive run, was in no rush to leave the pitch after being substituted and that incensed Douglas Luiz, who went over to grab his opponent and usher him off.

The win was United's third on the bounce in the  Premier League  as they look to secure a return to the Champions League. They remain sixth in the table but there will potentially be five Champions League spots available next season.

But instead of potentially being 11 points behind fifth-place Villa, whose form has faltered in the past month, they are now only six.

"It was massive," Ten Hag said on the importance yesterday’s result. "It's a massive win for us. So, we get closer. And that was the aim for today and was absolutely our target.

"We did it. And I think also the way we did it, I think I liked it, and of course, I liked especially the first 20 minutes. And when we are dictating the game, after I think we are dropping a little bit too much. We had our moments in the counter attacks, but yeah, I think then at 1-1, to fight back, we are really happy."