Manchester United suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa at Old Trafford, bringing their unbeaten run in the Premier League this season to an underwhelming end. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were also handed their second defeat on the trot after they had lost to West Ham United in midweek, getting knocked out from the League Cup in the process.
A win on Saturday would’ve been a massive boost for Manchester United ahead of a tough run of fixtures. But it was not to be.
Solskjaer’s side appeared to be struggling against a solid Aston Villa team, as they failed to create clear-cut chances for themselves. It was Kortney Hause who scored the winner in the 88th minute of the game.
However, it was then Hause’s handball that provided Manchester United with an opportunity to score the equaliser from the penalty spot in stoppage time but they could not take it. Bruno Fernandes stepped up to take the spot kick despite Cristiano Ronaldo being on the pitch and then sent it flying well over the bar.
Solskjaer not happy with Manchester United vs Aston Villa incident
As reported by GOAL, speaking in his post-match interview, Solskjaer said:
“First of all, the way they get around the penalty spot, around Bruno and all that, that’s not to my liking, but I do understand it, it shouldn’t be that way.”
Players from both sides did surround the penalty area after the decision was given. Did it have an effect on Fernandes’ spot kick? Who knows?
One thing is for sure though, it was very uncharacteristic of the Portuguese playmaker to not only miss but to take a poor penalty. He has been almost perfect from the spot ever since arriving at Old Trafford.
Could the presence of Ronaldo have had an effect as well? Fernandes will know that he is competing with one of the greatest penalty takers of all-time right now.
What is done is done though. The focus now must shift towards the future and the upcoming game against Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League.