Man Utd 0-1 Aston Villa: Solskjaer claims Villa goal should’ve been ruled out


There was big movement at the top of the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.

Manchester City put in a statement performance at Chelsea as they pulled off a narrow 1-0 victory at Stamford Bridge.

Meanwhile, Manchester United‘s miserable week continued as they slumped to a last-gasp 1-0 loss to Aston Villa at Old Trafford.

It was yet another dramatic ending for the Red Devils with Villa scoring in the 88th minute only for the home side to be awarded a penalty in stoppage time.

However, unlike last week, there was to be no last-minute penalty joy for the men in red as Bruno Fernandes’ diabolical penalty landed in row Z instead of rattling the net.

It could prove to be a pivotal moment in what promises to be an awfully tight battle at the top for domestic glory this season.


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For manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, the nature of the Villa goal made it even tougher to take.

The embattled United boss was adamant that the goal should not have stood, believing goalkeeper David De Gea was being impeded by an offside Villa player.

Watching it back, you can see that Solskjaer actually makes a very good point and it does appear that De Gea was prevented from having a real go at saving Kortney Hause’s later strike.

Speaking to the BBC, Solskjaer pulled no punches: “You can take it when it’s a good goal conceded against you, but that’s offside. He’s touched David as he heads the ball.

“How that’s a goal and Leicester have not got their goals, I just can’t see the consistency and that’s clearly offside.”

It certainly does look like something that should’ve caught the attention of the VAR on duty but it looks as though it simply wasn’t spotted.

It will be a tough pill to swallow for all at the club, especially after they crashed out of the League Cup during the week.

The result sees United drop to fourth in the league and presents bitter rivals Liverpool with an opportunity to go three clear at the top, should they beat Brentford on Saturday evening.

After an encouraging start to the season, this result will only see pressure continue to mount on Solskjaer who will be desperate to arrest this mini slide.

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