Solskjaer complains about Villa players putting off Fernandes

‘They got what they wanted’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer criticises the behaviour of Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez before Bruno Fernandes missed a stoppage-time penalty

  • Kortney Hause gave away a stoppage time penalty after scoring for Aston Villa
  • Bruno Fernandes had to wait two minutes before he could take the penalty
  • Emiliano Martinez suggested Cristiano Ronaldo should take the penalty instead 
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has criticised the behaviour of Aston Villa’s players 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer complained about the behaviour of Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez as Bruno Fernandes missed an injury-time penalty amidst chaotic scenes at Old Trafford.

Fernandes was forced to wait for two minutes following Kourtney Hause’s handball as Villa players surrounded the spot and Martinez wound up the taker by pointing at Cristiano Ronaldo and indicating he should be given the penalty instead.

After the fuss, Fernandes blasted his kick high into the Stretford End – only his second miss in 23 attempts for United – to allow Villa to celebrate a 1-0 win.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer came to the defence of Bruno Fernandes after his late penalty miss

Emiliano Martinez attempted to wind up Fernandes before he went to take the spot-kick

‘I didn’t enjoy, I didn’t like, the way they crowded the referee and the penalty spot and tried to affect him,’ said Solskjaer. ‘It clearly worked for them but that’s not great to see.

‘But they achieved what they needed to and got what they wanted to.’

The late drama puts Solskjaer in a difficult position about who will take United’s next penalty. Ronaldo accepted the decision for Fernandes to take the kick but is unlikely to be as accommodating next time.

Martinez pointed at Cristiano Ronaldo suggesting that he should take the penalty instead

‘You will be making all these assumptions now on the reaction of players,’ added Fernandes. ‘You know Bruno has been excellent. He is such a good penalty taker and today you’d back him with your mortgage I would guess.

‘That is football. He (Bruno) will step forward every day of the week for club and the team. Sometimes it just don’t go your way. 

‘It is such a fine line between Heaven and Hell and unfortunately today he missed.

‘That is going to be the headline isn’t it! (Ronaldo v Fernandes). Bruno has been excellent and Cristiano is probably the one that has scored the most penalties in world football. 

‘We have got great takers here and it is just a missed opportunity for us to get a point.’

Fernandes skied his penalty as Manchester United fell to a surprise defeat at home

Fernandes’ miss from the penalty spot was just his second in 23 attempts at United

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