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Solskjær blame game continues in wake of Man United’s defeat against Aston Villa

Solskjær blame game continues in wake of Man United’s defeat against Aston Villa

Man United boss blames Villa players for Bruno penalty disaster

There has been no more prominent spot-kick taker in the Premier League in recent seasons than Man United‘s Bruno Fernandes. But the Portuguese international was well wide of the mark when Ole Gunnar Solskjær needed him most this afternoon, as the former Sporting CP man missed his effort from 12-years and consigned United to a 1-0 home defeat against Aston Villa.

Solskjær blame game continues in wake of Man United’s defeat against Aston Villa

Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes (centre) reacts after missing a late penalty kick during the Premier League match at Old Trafford, Manchester. Picture date: Saturday September 25, 2021. (Photo by Martin Rickett/PA Images via Getty Images)

Despite the addition of Cristiano Ronaldo to the United ranks, Fernandes has remained the first-choice penalty taker, and according to Solskjær, Aston Villa’s players are to blame for the midfielder’s woeful attempt in stoppage time.

First of all, the way they get around the penalty spot, around Bruno and all that, that’s not to my liking, but I do understand it, it shouldn’t be that way.

Bruno is normally very good in those positions and unfortunately just missed this one. It doesn’t get into Bruno’s head, he’s strong mentally and he’ll step forward again.

Today you would back Bruno with your mortgage. What I didn’t like was the way they crowded the penalty spot. It clearly worked for them but that’s not great to see. They achieved what they wanted to.”

Anyone but us; Solskjær refuses to find fault in his own camp

Today is not the first time that the former Norwegian international refused to find fault in his own ranks.

When previously talking about United’s lack of awarded penalties this season, Solskjær chose to levy blame in the direction of Liverpool headmaster Jürgen Klopp, and comments which the German made last season.

In quotes via the Guardian, the Champions League-winning forward suggested that said comments have proven the difference thus far in the 2021-22 Premier League campaign;

“We just have to hope we get what we deserve. We should have had three pens in the last two games. There was a certain manager last year who was starting to worry about us getting penalties and after that it seems like the decisions are more difficult to give [to us].

Surely I’ve seen a big, big difference since then on. But we just have to leave it up to the refs and hope that they will make the right calls very soon.”

If Solskjær is trying to do his best impression of former complainer-in-chief at Old Trafford, José Mourinho, then he appears well on his way to perfecting the art of impressions.


This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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