Aston Villa have caused an upset at Old Trafford after having defeated Man Utd this afternoon.
The Lions won the game by a lone goal from Kortney Hause towards the end of regulation time. Bruno Fernandes, unfortunately, failed to get his side level after hoofing his spot-kick off-target during injury time.
A penalty miss for the Portuguese is rare but a loss at Old Trafford is an even rarer occurrence. Let’s take a look at what we can learn from the outing.
1. Only the First Setback So Far
Although a defeat at home by the hands of a humble side such as Villa is not exactly a good look, this loss is likely a minor setback in the grand scheme of things.
Out of the 6 opening games of the Premier League, United have lost just one – leaving Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plenty of time to iron out his strategy.
2. Solskjaer Suffered a Bad Afternoon but Villa Deserve All the Praise
The visitors completely outplayed the Red Devils throughout the fixture. The Norwegian got his set up all wrong and paid the price for it.
But take nothing away from the Villans, they made things difficult for the hosts and made the best of the opportunities they were presented. 3 deserved points for Dean Smith’s men.
3. Fernandes’ Penalty Miss Puts Cristiano Ronaldo at an Advantage
Since Ronaldo’s arrival, the midfielder cannot take his misses lightly.
The former Real Madrid man is also notoriously good at penalties and it would not be far-fetched to speculate the gaffer might hand over spot-kick duties to him.
The campaign is still in its early stages, meaning the first loss of the season is hardly something to sulk over. The Red Devils still have a long season ahead and it would be irrational to rule them out of the title race so soon.