Man Utd news LIVE: Aston Villa loss REACTION, Solskjaer criticises Fernandes penalty distraction, Dembele transfer talks

MANCHESTER UNITED lost their Premier League clash with Aston Villa thanks to Kortney Hause's late header at Old Trafford.

Bruno Fernandes had the chance to put things right with his penalty but he blasted over.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer isn't happy with the way Villa players crowded around Fernandes beforehand.

Meanwhile, we've the very latest on United's transfer market activity with Ousmane Dembele reportedly linked to Old Trafford.

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    STAT ATTACK

    Aston Villa won at Old Trafford yesterday with Kortney Hause's goal being their only shot on target in the match.

    Manchester United meanwhile mustered just four shots on target from TWENTY-EIGHT efforts.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MORNING UNITED FANS

    How are you feeling after yesterday's defeat to Aston Villa?

    Both Chelsea and Liverpool also dropped points meaning the Red Devils are still just one point off the top of the table.

    But the result means it's now three losses in the last four games, and there are some murmurs of discontent starting to be heard at Old Trafford.

    The next chance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side to right their wrongs is on Wednesday night.

    They take on Villarreal in the Champions League.

  • Joshua Mbu

    NEXT FIVE

    After today's 1-0 loss to Aston Villa, Man Utd are competing in Europe.

    They face Villarreal at Old Trafford, and they'll be looking to get revenge for last season's Europa League loss.

    After that, Everton travel to Old Trafford.

  • Joshua Mbu

    FERNANDES REACTS

    Bruno Fernandes has reacted to his crucial penalty miss on Instagram.

    The midfielder said: "Nobody is more frustrated and disappointed than me for missing the penalty and the consequent defeat.

    "I’ve always assumed my responsibilities and I've always embraced them under pressure in moments like this.

    "Today, I failed. But I took a step forward and faced the challenge with the same ambition and responsibility as when, on the many other occasions, the ball ended up in the net.

    "Criticism and contrasting opinions are a big part of football.

    "I’ve learned to live with it, even using them to drive me on, and I consider it all a very important part of my commitment to never stop trying to improve and to become the best player I can possibly be, for me and the team.

    "Today I once again took the responsibility given to me almost since I joined United and I will take it again without any fear or dread whenever called upon.

    "The most important thing for me is to win together and I’ll always do everything I can to help my teammates and the club to be the best we can be. 

    "I'm a player who leaves everything on the pitch, with great desire and commitment. And that’s what I'll continue to do.

    "Thank you for all your support after the final whistle! Hearing you chanting my name in the stadium was very emotional… I will come back stronger for me, because these are the standards I hold myself to, but most of all for my teammates and our fans who have always supported us."

  • Joshua Mbu

    OFF DAY

    Bruno Fernandes missed a crucial penalty in the dying minutes of today's loss to Aston Villa.

    The midfielder blazed a spot-kick over the crossbar.

    Man Utd have issued a message of support for Fernandes, who will undoubtedly be feeling down.

  • Joshua Mbu

    BEST TRANSFER XI

    Here’s the transfer XI made up of the best Premier League summer signings 2021.

    Man Utd's Ronaldo, Sancho and Varane make the team.

  • Joshua Mbu

    40 GOING ON 20

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has echoed Cristiano Ronaldo's mum's sentiments that the Portugal legend could play at the top level at 40, writes JON BOON.

    The Manchester United forward turns 37 next February, but has made a blistering start to his second coming at Old Trafford – scoring four times already for the Red Devils.

    His form and fitness prompted mother Dolores Aveiro that he will play until he's 40.

    And that's a belief his Norwegian boss shares too.

    "I wouldn't be surprised if he still played when he was 40, not at all, because of the way he looks after himself," Solskjaer revealed.

    "That's the key to it – and of course some genes. There must be some genes as well, some DNA in there.

    "He has put every single ounce of energy and effort into becoming the player he is and has been, so he deserves every single little plaudit that he gets for his physical state. 

    "What's more impressive is when you have achieved as much as he has, he's still as hungry. His mentality is still absolutely spot-on and that's a desire from inside that he's going to keep going until his head says, 'no, I've given everything now'.

    "Hopefully it will last a few more years. Linford Christie (who won the Olympic 100m aged 32 in 1992) was quite an age when he won his gold as well, so age is never a problem."

  • Joshua Mbu

    HAVE A BUTCHERS

    It's the latest in a long line of dubious tributes to Manchester United talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, writes TRISTAN BARCLAY.

    A mural of the star has been painted to honour his return to the city after 12 years away.

    But fans are claiming the picture outside The Trafford pub looks more like EastEnders character Pat Butcher than the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

    And United fans were not afraid to have their say after the club posted a snap of the mural on their Instagram account.

    Fan ‘dipsMUFC’ wrote on Twitter: “Is it me or does that ‘Ronaldo’ mural look more like Pat Butcher? Just missing the earrings.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    SOL SEARCHING

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to win a trophy with Man Utd.

  • Joshua Mbu

    DON'T MUK IT UP

    Man Utd want to sign RB Leipzig defender Nordi Mukiele, according to reports.

    Fichajes are reporting that Man Utd want to sign Mukiele as competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

    The France international has a contract with the Bundesliga club until June 2023.

    And the fact he can play in midfield attracts the Red Devils towards him.

  • Joshua Mbu

    RON REACTS

    Cristiano Ronaldo has reacted to today's loss on Instagram.

    He said: "This is only the beggining, but in a competition as strong as the Premier League, every point counts!

    "We must react immediately, get back on our feet and show our true strength."

  • Joshua Mbu

    FACT ATTACK

    Relive Ronaldo's journey.

  • Joshua Mbu

    RON TOP

    Cristiano Ronaldo is Man Utd's biggest export to date.

  • Joshua Mbu

    EXCLUSIVE: BIT FISHY

    Cristiano Ronaldo is so hungry for glory that he has convinced Manchester United chefs to add his favourite grub to the menu in the club canteen, writes PHIL THOMAS.

    Ronaldo is super strict when it comes to his diet, which allows him to eat up to six times a day, and was asked to provide a list of his preferred foods.

    Top of the list was a traditional Portuguese stew called Bacalhau, made with salt cod and eggs, which didn’t cause too much of a stir among his team-mates.

    Yet certain other choices did, as a United insider said: “He also loves octopus, but most of the lads won’t go there – even if it clearly works for Ronny!

    “Cristiano is very much into his proteins, stuff like slices of ham, eggs and avocados, and the chefs are trying to help him with a little taste of home.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    ED'S BACK

    Edinson Cavani is back playing for Man Utd.

  • Joshua Mbu

    GUNNAR EXPLODE

    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left fuming after seeing his side lose at home to Aston Villa, writes Jon Boon.

    The Norwegian boss, 48, felt the Red Devils were on the wrong side of the decisions, as his side fell to their first loss of the season.

    Kortney Hause's 88th minute strike was the difference between the teams, although Solskjaer was convinced it shouldn't have stood.

    "You can take it when it's a good goal conceded against you, but that's offside," he said.

    "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."

  • Joshua Mbu

    BIGGEST GROUNDS

    Old Trafford is the biggest stadium in the Premier League, followed by Tottenham's new build.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PEN PALS

    Cristiano Ronaldo was the first to console Manchester United team-mate Bruno Fernandes after his last-gasp penalty miss against Aston Villa, writes JUSTIN LAWRENCE.

    United had been losing 1-0 when Fernandes was given the opportunity to draw his side level in the dying seconds of the game.

    Villa defender Kortney Hause, who had earlier put the visitors in front, had handled in his own area to concede the spot-kick.

    But Bruno punted his effort over the bar and condemned the Red Devils to their first defeat of the Premier League season.

    Fernandes was visibly shaken after his glaring blunder cost United the game.

    However, Cristiano was on hand to give his Portuguese pal some moral support after his miss.

  • Joshua Mbu

    SHERWOOD BLAMES RON

    Tim Sherwood has laid the blame on Cristiano Ronaldo for Bruno Fernandes' last minute penalty miss against Aston Villa.

    The Man Utd midfielder stepped up and skied a crucial penalty that would have rescued a point at Old Trafford.

    And Ronaldo not taking the penalty was the most confusing decision of the afternoon.

    Sherwood believes Ronaldo – the main man – being at the club distorted Fernandes' thinking.

    Sherwood said on Fernandes' chances of taking penalties in the future: "Very little I would say.

    "He threw the ball to Ronaldo in an international game and Ronaldo missed one so he’s done him a favour there.

    "Listen, he don’t miss that. You’ve never, ever seen him blast the ball over the cross bar.

    "He always waits for the goalkeeper to go down and rolls it in the other corner.

    "It’s the pressure now of someone else. The main man is here. Ronaldo [being] there 100% is distorting his thinking there.

    "He knows he’s got one chance and one chance only and I think we’ve just seen it go by."

  • Joshua Mbu

    SUPER TEAM

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a SUPER TEAM at his disposal, but it wasn't able to pick up three points against Aston Villa today.

  • Joshua Mbu

    'KING EMI'

    Emiliano Martinez was Aston Villa's hero against Manchester United – but not for his work with the gloves, writes DAVE FRASER.

    Trailing 1-0 thanks to Kortney Hause's late strike, United were given a shot at redemption after being awarded a penalty in added time.

    Bruno Fernandes has been the hosts' designated penalty taker since his arrival in the 2019-20 winter window.

    But with Cristiano Ronaldo back on the books at Old Trafford, questions were raised as to who would take a penalty.

    …And in Fergie time, no less.

    Fernandes ultimately grabbed the ball and prepared to take his kick as players continued to surround the referee.

    But with all eyes on the commotion, Martinez stepped away and appeared to DARE Ronaldo to take the penalty instead.

    The former Arsenal goalkeeper appeared to yell 'you take it' at Ronaldo – one of football's greatest-ever goal-scorers.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PEN DOWN

    Cristiano Ronaldo may take Manchester United's next penalty after Bruno Fernandes' miss against Aston Villa, writes KOSTAS LIANOS.

    Fernandes got the chance to salvage a point for United during stoppage time at Old Trafford shortly after Kortney Hause's goal.

    But the attacking midfielder sent the ball over Emiliano Martinez's crossbar and all the way up to Stretford End in a highly uncharacteristic miss.

    This raises a question as to whether the Portugal international will get another shot from 12 yards following his howler against Villa.

    United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer previously suggested that penalty duties will be shared between Fernandes and Ronaldo.

    That could mean the five-time Ballon d'Or winner may be the next one to step up for a spot-kick.

    Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo may replace Bruno Fernandes as a penalty taker

     

  • Joshua Mbu

    DOUBLE BLOW

    Manchester United's Champions League plans have been thrown into chaos following Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire's injuries against Aston Villa, writes JUSTIN LAWRENCE.

    Shaw was to first to go down injured in the 34th minute of United's 1-0 loss to Villa with a suspected groin injury.

    The left-back initially had to get checked out but seemed okay to carry on.

    However, it became clear that his game was over when he went down in agony and had to be replaced by Diogo Dalot as half-time drew closer.

    Before his injury, Shaw had been causing Villa a few problems as he bombed up and down the left-flank.

    Shaw could have also had a different exit to the Premier League game as he was the first to receive a yellow card quite early on. 

    And then Maguire made Solskjaer's headache even worse when he left to pitch to get checked out just 15 minutes into the second period.

  • Joshua Mbu

    NEXT FIVE

    Man Utd face Villarreal in the Champions League next on Wednesday, September 29.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side need to get back to winning ways after losing their last two.

    And they'll want revenge for last seasons Europa League final loss to Unai Emery's side.

  • Joshua Mbu

    'ALERT NASA'

    Bruno Fernandes has been mercilessly trolled online after his dreadful penalty miss against Aston Villa, writes DAVE FRASER.

    Just moments after Kortney Hause had given the visitors a shock lead, Manchester United won a penalty, giving them a chance to snatch a vital point.

    Villa stopper Emiliano Martinez appeared to get into Fernandes' head by saying Cristiano Ronaldo should be taking the spot-kick.

    But Fernandes – United's designated penalty taker before Ronaldo's return – took the ball, placed it on the spot and sent the ball into orbit.

    The 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford was the club's first in the Premier League this season and came on the back of their defeat at the hands of West Ham in the Carabao Cup third round.

    Despite that, brutal fans have torn into the usually-reliable Fernandes – with a 'space' theme clearly the gag of choice.

    One fan wrote: "News reaching us now is that an astronaut has been sent to space to recover Bruno Fernandes' ball."

    Another said: "Breaking News: Bruno Fernandes' penalty ball has been spotted in space by NASA."

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