It was a demoralizing afternoon for Manchester United as they were put to the sword by a merciless visitor. The Premier League they say is an unusual league with different expectations and surprises.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his boys were stunned by a resilient Aston Villa side with a late lone goaL at Old Trafford.
This is Villa’s first victory at Old Trafford since 2009 and United’s first Premier League defeat of the campaign. Thanks to Kourtney Hause’s late header in the 88th minute that earned Dean Smith’s side the whole three points away from home.
Expectedly, an ocean of eyes was on Cristiano Ronaldo to deliver the goods but he was kept away from seeing the net and couldn’t make it count throughout the entire 90 minutes of the game.
Ronaldo joined United from Juventus this summer and since his arrival, he’s been making it count with a bang. Today’s game against Aston Villa was the first time he’s failed to see the back of the net.
The defeat today denied the Red Devils the chance to move top of the EPL table, with one of the title contenders being beaten by last season’s champions Manchester City with a Lone goal at Stamford Bridge.
Meanwhile, Kourtney Hause’s dramatic late winner for Villa surged them to seventh place on the league table. The major talking point of the game was Bruno Fernandes; chance for a leveler that he fluffed.
A 93rd-minute penalty awarded that should have brought them succor was skied over the bar. This is coming after Solksjaer made an outcry on how his side has been denied penalties this season.
Some experts believe that Ronaldo should have been the taker instead of Bruno. Meanwhile, the antic of Villa shot-stopper Emiliano Martinez before the kick was taken cannot be overlooked as his mind games worked to perfection.
This is United’s third loss in four games in all competitions, adding to the midweek Carabao Cup elimination against the Hammers in the same venue. This was the first time the Red Devils have failed to score in consecutive home games for 18 months.
Another moment that bedeviled Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United was the loss of Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire to injury.
With a difficult schedule and a string of games coming up both in the Premier League and UCL, United need to wake up and smell the coffee or end up in chaos after a brilliant start to the season.