Man Utd news LIVE: Aston Villa loss REACTION, Solskjaer criticises Fernandes penalty distraction, Dembele transfer talks

MANCHESTER UNITED lost their Premier League clash with Aston Villa thanks to Kortney Hause's late header at Old Trafford.

Bruno Fernandes had the chance to put things right with his penalty but he blasted over.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer isn't happy with the way Villa players crowded around Fernandes beforehand.

Meanwhile, we've the very latest on United's transfer market activity with Ousmane Dembele reportedly linked to Old Trafford.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    NEXT FIVE

    Man Utd face Villarreal in the Champions League next on Wednesday, September 29.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side need to get back to winning ways after losing their last two.

    And they'll want revenge for last seasons Europa League final loss to Unai Emery's side.

  • Joshua Mbu

    'ALERT NASA'

    Bruno Fernandes has been mercilessly trolled online after his dreadful penalty miss against Aston Villa, writes DAVE FRASER.

    Just moments after Kortney Hause had given the visitors a shock lead, Manchester United won a penalty, giving them a chance to snatch a vital point.

    Villa stopper Emiliano Martinez appeared to get into Fernandes' head by saying Cristiano Ronaldo should be taking the spot-kick.

    But Fernandes – United's designated penalty taker before Ronaldo's return – took the ball, placed it on the spot and sent the ball into orbit.

    The 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford was the club's first in the Premier League this season and came on the back of their defeat at the hands of West Ham in the Carabao Cup third round.

    Despite that, brutal fans have torn into the usually-reliable Fernandes – with a 'space' theme clearly the gag of choice.

    One fan wrote: "News reaching us now is that an astronaut has been sent to space to recover Bruno Fernandes' ball."

    Another said: "Breaking News: Bruno Fernandes' penalty ball has been spotted in space by NASA."

  • Joshua Mbu

    NOT RONS DAY

    It wasn't Ronaldo's day in front of goal!

     

  • Giacomo Pisa

    DEJECTED

    Bruno Fernandes and Edinson Cavani trudge off the pitch at Old Trafford after being beaten in the league for the first time this season.

    Credit: Getty
  • Giacomo Pisa

    DID YOU KNOW

    Today's defeat is just the SECOND time Manchester United have been beaten by Aston Villa in their previous 45 Premier League meetings.

    Before today Aston Villa had drawn 11 and lost 33 of their last 45 meetings.

    Before today their last win against the Red Devils was a 1-0 win at Old Trafford in December 2009.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FERNANDES AND RONALDO

    BRUNO FERNANDES – 4

    Fluffed an early chance on the half-volley.

    Cut a frustrated figure in the first-half as he got into good positions but was repeatedly ignored by his team-mates.

    Almost invisible after the break and capped off his afternoon by blazing his 93rd minute penalty over the bar.

    CRISTIANO RONALDO – 5

    Lined up for a trademark shot from distance early doors but dragged it wide.

    Quietest afternoon since re-joining the club but was forced to feed off scraps as the attacking trio behind him struggled to get going.

    Credit: AFP
  • Giacomo Pisa

    GREENWOOD AND POGBA

    MASON GREENWOOD – 6

    Looked lively in the early stages but repeatedly made the wrong decision.

    Could have played Fernandes in for a certain goal after 18 minutes but chose to shoot which was easily saved by Martinez.

    Broke through for a half chance just past the hour mark but produced another weak effort that was easily saved.

    PAUL POGBA – 7

    Struggled to impact the game before the break but linked up well with his team-mates and didn’t stop trying to make things happen.

    Headed a whisker wide on the stroke of half-time from a Fernandes corner.

    Positional play was good throughout but failed to worry Martinez as often as he could have as United’s fans were looking to him to produce something out of nothing.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    CENTRAL MIDFIELDERS

    FRED – 8

    High-energy performance from the off.

    Nothing sloppy, broke play up well, tried to spring counter-attacks.

    Professional performance. Booked for hauling down John McGinn with 13 minutes of normal time to go.

    SCOTT McTOMINAY (subbed 82 mins) – 7

    Similarly effective to Fred.

    Did the business in front of the back line and limited the visitors to very few chances.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    CENTRE-BACKS

    HARRY MAGUIRE (subbed 66 mins) – 4

    Dodgy backpass put his side under pressure 25 minutes in and was lucky to be bailed out by De Gea.

    Forced a good save from Emi Martinez with a powerful header on 42 minutes.

    Went down with a calf issue ten minutes into the second-half but battled on – seemingly foolishly.

    Looked miles off the pace straight after and was inexplicably left on by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for another ten minutes.

    RAPHAEL VARANE – 6

    Didn't have a great deal to do.

    Focus was on his centre-back partner's shaky performance as Maguire had an off day.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FULL-BACKS

    AARON WAN-BISSAKA – 6

    Lost his man and let Ezri Konsa get on the end of a corner in the late stages of the first half. Was lucky the Villa defender headed over the bar.

    Did his primary job of defending well enough as Villa failed to score.

    But De Gea seemed hesitant about passing to him as he offered little going forward.

    LUKE SHAW (subbed, 33 mins) – 3

    Out of position twice in the build up to a huge chance for Matt Targett in the first-half.

    Booked for a challenge on Matty Cash on the half-hour mark.

    Was subbed on 33 minutes after a blow to the face but was also limping as he made his way straight down the tunnel.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MATCH RATINGS

    Here's how SunSport's William Pugh rates the Red Devils performances after a first league loss of the season.

    DAVID DE GEA – 7/10

    Dealt well with Maguire's awful backpass to keep it at 0-0 after he was hung out to dry by the defender's ball.

    Gave the captain an earful straight after.

    Wasn't regularly troubled but produced a solid stop 25 minutes into the second-half from Ollie Watkins.

    Beaten at his near post for Hause's winner but harsh to criticise him.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    CHEER UP

    Cristiano Ronaldo consoles a distraught Bruno Fernandes after his woeful spot kick.

    Credit: EPA
    Credit: EPA
  • Giacomo Pisa

    BRUNO BLAZES OVER

    Bruno Fernandes misses a stoppage time penalty, top the delight of the Aston Villa players.

    Credit: PA
    Credit: PA
  • Giacomo Pisa

    MANCHESTER UNITED 0-1 ASTON VILLA

    Kortney Hause may have been the hero but there was no doubt who left Old Trafford as the villain.

    Hause marked his first Prem start of the season with the brilliant headed goal which gave Aston Villa the unlikeliest of wins.

    Yet he would have ended the afternoon with his head in his hands – if it hadn’t been for the wildest of penalty misses from blundering Bruno Fernandes.

    Barely a minue after Hause had escaped Edinson Cavani to flick in Douglas Luiz’s corner, his careless left hand gifted Mancehster United the chance of undeserved salvation.

    Referee Mike Dean hesitated, then pointed to the spot…and everyone waited fro Cristiano Ronaldo to step up and save the day.

    Yet instead fellow Portugueser Fernandes, the regular taker before Ronnie rejoined, kept the job . You suspect that won’t last any longer.

    Because he blazed his spot kick horribly high of the crossbar and Villa had shown exactly why those who rate United as genuine title contenders couldn’t be more wrong.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PEEEEEEEEEEP!

    THAT'S FULL TIME!

    MANCHESTER UNITED ARE BEATEN AGAIN!

  • Giacomo Pisa

    HE'S MISSED IT!

    BRUNO FERNANDES BLAZES OVER THE BAR!

    WHAT AN AWFUL PENALTY!

  • Giacomo Pisa

    BRUNO TO TAKE

    It's Aston Villa's goalscorer Kortney Hause who concedes it for aa handball!

    You couldn't write it.

    Up steps Bruno Fernandes…

  • Giacomo Pisa

    PENALTY TO UNITED!

    MORE DRAMA!

    FINALLY THE GAME COMES TO LIFE!

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLL!

    ASTON VILLA HAVE TAKEN THE LEAD AT OLD TRAFFORD!

    Kortney Hause heads Aston Villa ahead in the 88th minute!

    Drama at Old Trafford, the home side have got two minutes to find an equaliser.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FINAL FIVE

    Into the last ten minutes at Old Trafford.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side have now had 25 SHOTS, but just four off those have been on target.

    Can Ronaldo fashion himself one chance to break the deadlock?

  • Giacomo Pisa

    INJURY CRISIS

    The Red Devils have lost Luke Shaw and skipper Harry Maguire to injuries today.

    Maguire is replaced by Victor Lindelof after picking up what appears to be a calf injury.

    Shaw also had to be replaced by Diogo Dalot after picking up a knock before half time.

    Credit: AP
  • Giacomo Pisa

    TWENTY TO GO

    Into the final 20 minutes at Old Trafford.

    And still the deadlock is yet to be broken.

    That's despite Manchester United managing 17 efforts on goal so far.

    Although just three of them have been on target.

    The visitors have still had just the one shot on target, with four efforts overall.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    HANDS OFF DEC

    Manchester United have scrapped their pursuit of West Ham ace Declan Rice, according to reports.

    The Hammers have slapped a £100m price tag on the England ace which is said to have put the Red Devils off.

    And Man Utd are pursuing alternative targets as a result, according to ESPN.

    There are said to be 'contrasting opinions' within Old Trafford as to Rice's ability to 'significantly improve' the team.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still thought to be a Rice fan but some recruitment staff are yet to be convinced.

    Given West Ham's £100m asking price for their prized asset and vice-captain, United staff are said to be concerned about Rice's speed on and off the ball.

    And they believe they can find an equally talented star for less money abroad.

    Credit: Richard Pelham / The Sun
  • Giacomo Pisa

    PEEEEEEEP!

    The second half is underway at Old Trafford.

    Can Ole Gunnaar Solskjaer's side find a breakthrough?

    The Aston Villa defence is holding firm so far.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RED ROW

    David De Gea could not contain his fury after Manchester United skipper Harry Maguire fired a wayward backpass in his direction.

    The United keeper was only able to hack the ball into the path of Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins after Maguire’s square ball.

    But De Gea was back on his feet in time to block the strike before collecting the loose ball to keep scores level at 0-0.

    With danger safely averted, the Spaniard leapt to his feet to let Maguire know exactly what he thought of his distribution at the back.

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