Bruno Fernandes blazed a stoppage-time penalty over the crossbar as Aston Villa earned a shock 1-0 victory at a below-par Manchester United within the Premier League on Saturday.
Kortney Hause’s 88th-minute header put Villa heading in the right direction for his or her first league win over United since 2009, however the defender’s handball gifted United a chance to steal a degree, just for Fernandes to overlook the goal.
Since Cristiano Ronaldo re-signed for United, there was a lot debate over who will take penalties and free kicks this season – final time period’s spot-kick taker Fernandes or his fellow Portuguese.
It was Fernandes who took the primary direct free kick on Saturday, firing into the wall, with Ronaldo getting the following one, and Fernandes, following Hause’s handball, by no means appeared again as he positioned the ball on the spot within the 92nd minute.
But final season’s high scorer missed solely his second spot-kick for the membership to the dismay of an expectant crowd.
“First of all the way they (Villa players) get round the penalty spot, get round Bruno and that, that’s not to my liking,” United supervisor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer mentioned.
“Bruno is usually very good in those positions and unfortunately he missed this one.”
In fact, United acquired what they deserved. Villa had two nice alternatives to interrupt the impasse within the first half with full again Matt Targett blazing over from two metres out, earlier than Ollie Watkins was denied by a positive save from United goalkeeper David de Gea.
The dwelling aspect, inspired by a annoyed Old Trafford crowd, stepped it up late within the match, however Hause climbed highest to stun the hosts earlier than Fernandes’ miss and United tasted league defeat for the primary time this season.
That second successive dwelling loss in all competitions means United dropped to fourth within the standings on aim distinction, with the highest 4 sides all on 13 factors. Villa climbed to seventh.
Solskjaer known as for a quick begin from his aspect in his programme notes having seen his staff usually wrestle to get going, and that’s precisely what he acquired as Fernandes wasted a fantastic probability inside two minutes.
However, the hosts tailed off and actually ought to have gone behind at halftime as Targett and Watkins missed nice alternatives.
The dwelling followers have been getting stressed as the Premier League’s high goalscorers struggled to create clear-cut probabilities, with two headers as shut as United got here to breaking the impasse earlier than the break.
The recreation opened up as the second half wore on with Mason Greenwood going shut, earlier than De Gea denied Watkins with one other positive save.
But the Spanish stopper may do nothing as Hause powered his header dwelling, sparking wild scenes of celebration within the away finish.
The headlines, nevertheless, went to Fernandes, as his miss gave Villa a well-known and totally deserved success.
“It (a Villa win at Old Trafford) has been a long time coming,” Villa coach Dean Smith mentioned. “Our performance levels have been good the last couple of times we’ve been here.
“What that does is it offers an terrible lot of perception to the gamers now.”
This story has been printed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.