Goal difference is all that separates Liverpool and Manchester United at the top after the Red Devils’ 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
Fernandes’ penalty sent Manchester United level on points with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League as they edged Aston Villa 2-1 at Old Trafford.
A Villa side looking to move third in the table always promised to pose a tricky test for United and so it proved in an open encounter.
The visitors appeared to be in the ascendancy after Bertrand Traore’s 58th-minute effort cancelled out Anthony Martial’s first-half opener.
However, United’s lead was re-established through Fernandes’ ninth Premier League penalty since the start of February 2020 – his tally in that time two more than any other player.
And it was enough for United to further boost their title hopes, with only goal difference keeping Liverpool top of the pile.