Both teams had plenty of chances throughout the game to open the game up, but it took all the way until the 88th minute when Kortney Hause scored a header to win the game for the away team 1-0. This was only Villa’s 2nd win in 46 total Premier League games against Manchester United.
This was Manchester United’s first league defeat of the season, and they stay at 13 points which is 1 point from Liverpool’s lead. Aston Villa has won back-to-back Premier League games to give them 10 points in 8th place.
Key Takeaways From the Game
Bruno Fernandes’ Missed Penalty
Fernandes had the opportunity to win a point and preserve the home unbeaten streak but failed to convert his penalty in the dying moments of the game. His penalty miss skied above the bar into the stands, missing by a substantial amount.
Cristiano Ronaldo did not have a great game, but he needs to be United’s clutch guy which includes being the penalty taker for the team. Ronaldo was visibly surprised when Bruno stood over the ball to take the pen. It seems like Bruno has lost confidence since Ronaldo has joined the team and needs to learn how to play alongside the new team leader, Cristiano Ronaldo.
United’s Injury Woes
Both Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire sustained injuries during the match on Saturday. This is a huge concern for United who has an important Champions League game later this week. Their backups, Victor Lindelof and Diogo Dalot provide a defensive line that is much more susceptible against the attack.
Ole Solskjaer provided a brief update on the injury status of both players saying that he doesn’t think that they will be ready for the Champions League matchup on Wednesday. Luke Shaw’s injury looks to be less serious than Maguire’s, but we will know more as the week goes on.
Villa’s Early Success
Aston Villa has had 3 solid wins this season against Newcastle, Everton, and Manchester United. They have put themselves in a great position early on, only 4 points off the lead going into the 7th game. They didn’t do anything special on Saturday but did what they needed to do to get the win.
Manchester United has 2 matchups coming up this week. They will face Villarreal at Old Trafford in the all-important Champions League matchup on Wednesday at 3 pm EST. They play away at Everton on Saturday at 7:30 am EST for the Premier League Aston Villa will travel to face 11th place Tottenham in their next Premier League matchup on Sunday at 9 am EST.
The Red Devils will need to get back on track this week to stay in the Champions League and remain near the top of the table in the Premier League.