A late goal is enough for Villa to take all 3 points from Old Trafford. Fernandes misses a 93rd minute penalty, as Villa win at Old Trafford for the first time in 12 years!
Bruno Fernandes missed a 93rd-minute penalty as Aston Villa enjoyed victory at Old Trafford for the first time in 12 years, in a high-octane encounter on Saturday afternoon in the English Premier League (EPL).
Kortney Hause’s powerful header on 88 minutes had made the score 0-1, before the same player handled the ball inside the box to give Manchester United a potential lifeline.
However, Fernandes fired high over the bar in front of the Stretford End to end United’s unbeaten start to the new EPL season and give Dean Smith’s Aston Villa outfit a hard-earned 3 points!
After suffering a midweek Carabao Cup defeat to West Ham, Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s United have now lost their past 2 home games without scoring a goal.
Villa missed 2 great chances to score when the scores were level at 0-0. Firstly, Matt Targett fired over the bar from inside the 6-yard area. Then Ollie Watkins could only shoot straight at David de Gea after the United keeper made a mistake and passed the ball straight to the Villa forward.
In a pulsating match, Ezri Konsa also had a great chance after beating Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the air, but he couldn’t keep the ball down. A Watkins effort was also saved by De Gea at full stretch in the 2nd half.
At the other end, United had 2 fantastic opportunities. Emiliano Martinez saved the first from Harry Maguire, then Paul Pogba nodded wide when the French midfielder really should have scored.
The result means that after 6 games, United are in 4th place in the EPL table. They are level on 13 points with 3rd placed Chelsea and 2nd placed Manchester City, but have a worse goal difference. Aston Villa move up to 8th with 10 points. Liverpool are on 14 points, 1 point clear at the top.