Solskjaer blasts Aston Villa stars for putting off Fernandes before Man Utd penalty

Solskjaer on Fernandes

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blasted the Aston Villa players for surrounding Bruno Fernandes before his penalty in Manchester United’s defeat at Old Trafford.

United had the chance to score a late equaliser against Villa after being awarded a penalty, but Fernandes skied his effort over the bar.

There was a delay before Fernandes was allowed to take the spot-kick and Solskjaer was unimpressed with Villa players for ‘getting around’ the United player before his penalty.

Solskjaer said: ‘I wasn’t going to mention it but it’s not right that they do that. I guess that should be a yellow card for someone but they have achieved what they wanted.

‘The way they get around the penalty spot, get around Bruno… that’s not to my liking.’

The defeat is United’s first in the league this campaign but their third in four games overall, after a Champions League and EFL Cup loss.

Solskjaer’s side were disappointing at Old Trafford and Kortney Hause’s header saw Villa take the lead in the dying minutes.

The Aston Villa player then handled inside his own box, to present the Red devils with a lifeline and opportunity to secure a point.

Solskjaer added: ‘We were very aggressive, very good on transition, got forward quickly but the final shot, final pass and final decision wasn’t always the best one. 20 of the 30 attempts were blocked.’

Villa manager Dean Smith, meanwhile, said: ‘They probably had a lot more chances than us but they were smaller chances and we had some really big chances and deserved the win.

‘We caused them problems from set-pieces and we get that goal and want to see the game out then but inevitable when we play Man Utd we give a penalty away.

‘Extremely harsh, I’m not sure where he’s meant to put his arm and probably justice was done. They’ll enjoy that one and certainly our fans will because it’s a long time coming.’


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