Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

Aston Villas Ezri Konsa heads over the bar in the match against Manchester United at Old Trafford
There were 19 attempts in the first 45 minutes at Old Trafford

Bruno Fernandes missed a penalty in the 93rd minute when Aston Villa won at Old Trafford for the first time in 12 years in a vibrant match.

Kortney Hause had put Villa ahead with a powerful header two minutes from the end of normal time before the defender handled inside the box to present Manchester United for a save.

However, Fernandes blazed high above the bar in front of Stretford End as United’s unbeaten start to the Premier League season ended.

After suffering an early Carabao Cup exit at West Ham, United have lost their last two home games without scoring.

Villa missed two great chances before a dramatic final.

After Matt Targett blazed over inside the six-yard area, Ollie Watkins could only shoot at David de Gea after the United goalkeeper had gone straight to Villa forward after Harry Maguire’s backpass.

In an exciting game, Ezri Konsa also headed another chance over after hitting Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the air, while Watkins was denied by De Gea at full stretch in the second half.

At the other end, Emiliano Martinez kept Maguire’s header out and Paul Pogba nodded wide as the French midfielder should have scored.

Punish woe for Solskjær

Ole Gunnar Solskjær used his press conference before the match to express concern over United’s lack of penalties in recent weeks.

The Red Devils boss believed his side were denied “two stone-throwing penalties” in a 2-1 win over West Ham on Sunday, while also feeling they should have had a kick in the cup tap at Hammers on Wednesday.

When replacing Edinson Cavani’s header hit Hause’s arm deep into standing time, referee Mike Dean immediately pointed to the spot.

However, Fernandes ballooned his attempt high above Martinez’s crossbar and left Villa to celebrate a famous victory.

It ended a bitterly frustrating day for United.

They had 28 shots, but failed to find the net. It was also the first time Cristiano Ronaldo failed to score since signing again.

Suddenly, United and Solskjær are under pressure before Villarreal’s Champions League visit to Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Solskjaer is expected to deliver trophies this season after a busy – and expensive – summer in the transfer market.

With a street closed in the EFL Cup, they have to jump back and beat Villarreal after losing their first group game against Young Boys.

Memorable victory for Villa

Villa arrived at Old Trafford and sought a first point on the road in the Premier League. They left the celebration of a memorable victory after an extremely impressive performance.

Not since Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the winner in 2009, Villa have won at Old Trafford, but Dean Smith’s side swelled in their surroundings as they scored several clear chances.

Targett will wonder how on earth he missed from close range after a nice move with John McGinn and Matty Cash.

With England boss Gareth Southgate looking from the directors’ box, Watkins will feel he should have done better after De Gea’s mistake before the United goalkeeper denied Villa’s number 11 after half-time with a dive.

Villa secured nine away victories en route to a respectable 11th place finish last season.

After back-to-back defeats on their travels, they are on track for a powerful head-to-head finish from Hause, making his first league start of the season in place of Axel Tuanzebe, who was not eligible to face his parent club.

The player of the match

McGinnJohn McGinn

Lineups

Man Utd

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1de Gea
  • 29Wan-Bissaka
  • 19Early
  • 5MaguireReplaced forLindelöfon 66 ‘minutes
  • 23ShawBooked after 29 minutesReplaced forDaloton 34 ‘minutes
  • 39McTominayReplaced forCavanion 81 ‘minutes
  • 17PeaceBooked after 77 minutes
  • 11Greenwood
  • 18Bruno Fernandes
  • 6Pogba
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo

Substitutes

  • 2Lindelöf
  • 9Martial
  • 14Lingard
  • 20Dalot
  • 21Cavani
  • 22Heaton
  • 25Sancho
  • 31Matic
  • 34van de Beek

Aston Villa

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Martínez
  • 4Thus
  • 30Home
  • 5Mings
  • 2CashReserved in 90 minutes
  • 7McGinnBooked in 66 minutes
  • 6Douglas Luiz
  • 41RamseyReplaced forArcheron 86 ‘minutes
  • 3Target
  • 20IngsReplaced forGood dayon 78 ‘minutes
  • 11Watkins

Substitutes

  • 10Good day
  • 12Manage
  • 15Traore
  • 18Young
  • 19Nakamba
  • 21Ghazierne
  • 33Chukwuemeka
  • 35Archer
  • 36Bogarde

Judging:
Mike Dean

Presence:
72,922

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