Cole, Ferdinand and more: Twitter reacts as Man United beat Aston Villa

Andrew Cole and Rio Ferdinand tweet their thoughts after Manchester United ease to a 1-0 win at Aston Villa

Manchester United returned to the top of the Premier League after Adnan Januzaj scored a first-half winner to seal a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa at Villa Park.

The Belgium international, who was starting his first United game since February, managed to thread his shot through a scrambling Villa defence in the 29th minute to secure back-to-back wins for Louis van Gaal’s side.

Here is a selection of our favourite Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present, in chronological order to United’s slender victory.

Republic of Ireland international David Meyler is impressed with the noise coming from the away end at Villa Park:

United legend Andrew Cole singles out Juan Mata for special praise after the midfielder tees up Januzaj for the opener:

Match Of The Day host Gary Lineker reckons Januzaj is most effective behind a centre-forward:

However, former Stoke defender Danny Higginbotham reckons Mata should be the first-choice No10:

Alan Tonge doesn’t mince his words in his assessment of Rooney’s performance against one of his favourite opponents:

Cole jumps to the defence of United captain Rooney:

Arsenal legend Ian Wright, meanwhile, isn’t blow away by Memphis Depay’s impact:

Finally, former United centre-half Rio Ferdinand discusses the most impressive of Van Gaal’s summer signings:

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