Man Utd’s Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defends Bruno Fernandes taking penalty over Cristiano Ronaldo !
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defe’nded his decision to let Bruno Ferna’ndes rather than Cristiano Ronaldo take a stoppage time penal”ty d’uring the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday.
Fernandes missed from’ the spot to squander the chance to salvage a point for United, who ha’ve’ now lost three of their last 4 games.
as also in the pen’alty area when referee Mike Dean pointe’d to the spot but Fernandes to’ok responsibility for th’e kick. He blazed the opportu’nity over the bar, missing a penalty for United for just the second tim’e in 23 attempts.
“That is football,” Sols’kjaer said. “He will step forward ev’ery day of the week for the club a’nd the team and someti’mes it ju’st doesn’t go your way. It is such a fin’e line between heav’en and’ hell.”
Speaking after the final whis’tle, Solskjaer played dow’n ”suggestions that Ron”’aldo had appeared unha’ppy with the decision to hand the ‘ball to Fernandes.
“This is going to be the head_line,” Solskjaer said. “Bruno ‘has been excellent and Cristi’ano is probably the one who has sco_red the most penalties in world footb’all.
“It is just a missed opportun’ity to get a point. You will be ma’king all these assumptions on th’e reactions of players. Bruno is suc’h a good penalty taker and yo”u wo’uld back him with your mortga’ge.”
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After back-to-back defea’ts, Solskjaer will be hopi’ng to get back to winning ways wh’en Villarreal visit Old Traffor’d on We’dnesday. United are lookin’g for their first win in the Cham’pions League after losing their open’ing group game to Young Boys but the Norw’egian is sweating on the fitnes’s of Luke Shaw and Harry Mag’uire after both limped off wit’h injuries against Villa.
“Sorry, I can’t give yo’u any updates,” Solskjaer adde’d. “We will have to get the scans d’one on Sunday or Mond’ay.”
Manchester Unite’d were beaten 1-0 at Old Traffo’rd by Aston Villa on Saturday as Bru’no Fernandes missed a stopp’age-time penalty in their Premier Leagu’e clash.
With the game peteri’ng out to a goalless draw, Kortn’ey Hause headed home in t’he 88th minute to seal the victory for the visi’tors.
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United had more posse’ssion in the first half, but it was Vil’la who created the better cha’nces with Ollie Watkins and Ezri Ko’nsa going close.
Paul Pogba had a good cha’nce in the second half whe’n he was set up by Scott McTo’minay but he fired over.
United were giv’en the chance to equalise in stopp’age time when referee Mike Dea’n pointed to the spot after Edinson Cava’ni’s header was adjudged to hav”e struck Hause’s arm, but Fer’nandes hit his effort way over.
Villa boss Dean Smi’th was frustrated with the pena’lty award despite his side’s win”. He said: “We caused them probl”ems from set-pieces and we get tha’t goal and want to see the gam’e out then, but inevitable when’ we play Man United we give a pen’alty away.
“Extremely har’sh — I’m not sure where he’s mea’nt to put his arm and probably justice’ was done. They’ll enjoy tha’t one and certainly our fans will bec’ause it’s a long time coming.”
Cristiano Ronaldo was ba’ck in the starting lineup, hav’ing been among the first-tea’m players left out of the Carabao Cup third-round defeat to West Ha’m United, but failed to find the net for the first match since his retu’rn.