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Man United beats Villa 4-0 to restore 5-point lead

MANCHESTER, England — Wayne Rooney scored twice as Manchester United thrashed Aston Villa 4-0 on Sunday to restore its five-point advantage over crosstown rival Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Former Villa player Ashley Young again came under scrutiny after appearing to exaggerate some contact with defender Ciaran Clark to earn a seventh-minute penalty, which was converted by Rooney.

Young had won a penalty in United's previous match at Old Trafford after also appearing to fall easily in the box.

Danny Welbeck hit United's second in the 43rd, before Rooney scored again in the 74th and substitute Nani added a fourth in stoppage time.

With four rounds left, the win left United in prime position to secure a 20th league title.