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Sun. May 22nd, 2022

Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes missed a stoppage-time penalty in his side’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa.

Tom Parsons.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was angry at the behaviour of the Aston Villa players as Bruno Fernandes prepared to take Manchester United‘s stoppage-time penalty on Saturday. Fernandes blazed his effort over the crossbar as the Red Devils suffered their first Premier League defeat of the season.

Some Villa players surrounded Fernandes before the penalty was taken and the Portugal international was unable to convert his opportunity to grab his side a share of the spoils. 

“I wasn’t going to mention it but it’s not right that they do that,” said the United boss.

“I guess that should be a yellow card for someone but they have achieved what they wanted. Unfortunately we missed the chance to get a point.”

United endured a day to forget at Old Trafford as they were frustrated by Villa all afternoon.

They never really got going against a tenacious Villa side and even star man Cristiano Ronaldo had a quiet day in front of the home fans.

The match looked to be heading for a goalless draw before Kortney Hause’s header put the visitors ahead with two minutes remaining.

United were then given one final opportunity to take something from the game after Hause handled the ball in the dying seconds, but Fernandes was unable to take advantage. 

The home side’s misery was also compounded by a double injury blow as Luke Shaw was forced off in the first half, before captain Harry Maguire suffered the same fate after the break.

United had racked-up 13 Premier League goals in their five games before Saturday’s clash but failed to add to that tally during a lacklustre display in front of goal.

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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