Solskjaer slams Aston Villa players for putting off Fernandes before Man Utd pen

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

The Red Devils had the chance to score an injury-time equaliser against Villa after being awarded a spot-kick, but Fernandes skied his effort way over the bar.

Solskjaer was less than impressed with Villa’s players for ‘getting around’ Fernandes before his spot-kick.

He 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 1-0 defeat is Manchester United’s first in the league this season but their third in four matches, following a Champions League and EFL Cup loss.

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

The Aston Villa defender then handled inside his own box, however, to present Manchester United with a lifeline.

Fernandes had scored 21 of his 22 penalties before today and stepped up ahead of summer signing and club legend Cristiano Ronaldo, only to fire his effort over the bar.

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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.’

Aston Villa boss 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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