Manchester United closed found in on the Premier League's pole location after a 2-1 home win over Aston Villa on Friday place them level on points and games used champions and leaders Liverpool.
United trail their traditional rivals on goal difference with both teams in 33 points from 16 matches. Liverpool travel to Southampton on Monday.
United stretched their unbeaten league set you back 10 games since Bruno Fernandes capped another fine person efficiency with a penalty just after Bertrand Traore got cancelled out Anthony Martial's opener for the home side.
The hosts had the upper submit the first half and Martial forced an acrobatic save from Emiliano Martinez before he buried a excellent diving header at night Villa goalkeeper after Aaron-Wan Bissaka's cross in the 40th minute.
The visitors came close through Ollie Watkins before Traore got on the finish of a sharp Jack Grealish pass at the far post and beat United keeper David De Gea with a slick shot from close range in the 58th.
But Villa's joy was short-lived as Fernandes drilled his penalty in to the bottom right corner three minutes afterwards after Paul Pogba transpired under a challenge from Douglas Luiz, with the spot-kick granted after a VAR check.