Rasmus Hojlund involved in furious confrontation with Douglas Luiz after gesture towards Aston Villa fans

Manchester United forward Rasmus Hojlund was involved in a furious exchange with Douglas Luiz during his side’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

Hojlund scored the opening goal in the first half, finding space in the area before firing in from close range following Harry Maguire’s header.

The Dane has now scored in five consecutive matches in all competitions for United after his £75 million move from Atalanta last summer.

Villa found their feet in the second half, with Douglas Luiz levelling the scores on 67 minutes.

Unai Emery’s side were favourites to win at that stage, but substitute Scott McTominay scored a late header to seal all three points for United.

After the goal, Hojlund was substituted by Erik ten Hag – and was jeered by the Aston Villa fans as he walked off the pitch.

In response, the 21-year-old held up both hands in a ‘2-1’ gesture to the Villans faithful, before signalling for them to calm down.

That didn’t impress fellow goalscorer Luiz, who confronted Hojlund as he walked towards the dugout. The Brazilian then grabbed the United forward’s shirt.

But the Dane had the last laugh, with United moving to within five points of their fifth-placed opposition, and six points behind fourth-placed Tottenham after 24 games played.

Speaking after the game, winning goalscorer McTominay told Sky Sports: “It was a credit to the lads at the back who were immense, especially Harry and Raphael. [It was a] top level performance and a deserved win in the end.

I feel like as long as I’m fit and healthy, I know I can go on the pitch and I can perform. I’m not taking it too personal that I’m not playing at the minute – I just want to come on and do the best for this club, and I always have done.

“Full credit to the boys attacking-wise as well, we created some good chances which I thought went unnoticed.”