PREMIER - Man United, Solskjaer: "Aston Villa winner offside"
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed Aston Villa's late winner at Old Trafford should have been ruled out for offside after Manchester United suffered their first league defeat of the season.
Having kicked off their Champions League campaign to Young Boys with defeat, and being dumped out of the Carabao Cup by West Ham in midweek, United's positive start to the season is on the verge of unravelling and the pressure is piling on Solskjaer. With just two minutes left on the clock, Kortney Hause sent a bullet header past David de Gea from a corner to leave Villa on the cusp of a famous Old Trafford win.
United felt goalkeeper De Gea was impeded by Villa striker Ollie Watkins, who may have obstructed the sight of the ball from an offside position, but the goal was allowed to stand.
"It's obviously disappointing, because [Aston Villa's goal] is offside," United manager Solskjaer said. "We were unfortunate to have that decision go against us."
Solskjaer was annoyed by the reaction of Villa's players to the decision - including keeper Emi Martinez seemingly suggesting Cristiano Ronaldo should take the penalty - but backed Fernandes, insisting he was the designated taker - and that he would step up again.
"First of all, what I didn't like was the way they crowded the referee and the penalty spot and Bruno and tried to affect him," Solskjaer added. "It clearly worked but that's not great to see.
"Sometimes it just doesn't go your way. Bruno is such a good penalty taker and today you would have backed him with your mortgage I would guess, unfortunately he just missed this one. But he is strong mentally and he'll step forward again.
"Bruno has been excellent and Cristiano is probably the one who has scored the most penalties in world football. We've got great takers and it's a missed opportunity for us to get a point."