Aston Villa relegated from Premier League

Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata (2R) is surrounded by Aston Villa's English midfielder Ashley Westwood (R), Aston Villa's English defender Joleon Lescott (L) and Aston Villa's Dutch midfielder Leandro Bacuna (2L) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on April 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF

Manchester United’s Spanish midfielder Juan Mata (2R) is surrounded by Aston Villa’s English midfielder Ashley Westwood (R), Aston Villa’s English defender Joleon Lescott (L) and Aston Villa’s Dutch midfielder Leandro Bacuna (2L) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on April 16, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFF

Aston Villa were relegated from the English Premier League after a 1-0 loss away to Manchester United on Saturday.

Teenage rising star Marcus Rashford scored the only goal of a game that left bottom-of-the table-Villa 15 points shy of safety, with only a maximum of 12 now available to the Birmingham club from their remaining four league matches this season.

Defeat at Old Trafford meant Villa were relegated from the top-flight of English football for the first time in 29 years.

Villa, under the caretaker charge of Eric Black after former manager Remi Garde was sacked last month, have been in the Premier League continually since its foundation in 1992.

But 18-year-old striker Rashford’s 32nd minute goal — his seventh in 12 games — condemned them to the drop.



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