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Solskjaer ‘did not like’ Villa players’ actions before Bruno pen

Football365 logo Football365 25/09/2021 Jason Soutar
Solskjaer looking frustrated after a defeat © PA Images Solskjaer looking frustrated after a defeat

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says the Red Devils’ form is a “concern” after their third defeat in four games.

Solskjaer’s men fell to a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford against Aston Villa on Saturday – three days after being knocked out of the Carabao Cup by West Ham.

Villa defender Kortney Hause headed in an 88th minute winner, before giving away a penalty in stoppage-time.

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Luckily for Hause, the ever-reliant Bruno Fernandes blazed the spot-kick over the bar.

Before the miss, Villa players surrounded the Portugal international, which was not to Solskjaer’s liking.

He said: “First of all the way they get around the penalty spot, get round Bruno and that, that’s not to my liking. Bruno is usually very good in those positions and unfortunately he missed this one.

“It doesn’t get in Bruno’s head. He’s strong mentally and he’ll step forward again. The decision (on who takes penalties) is made before the game.”

Solskjaer also told BBC Match of the Day: “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 United boss also believes that Hause’s winner was offside: “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.”

On the defeat: “We were very aggressive, very good in 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.”

Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire were substituted after picking up injuries, and Solskjaer said: “At the moment they don’t look ok for Wednesday but let’s see.”

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