Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left furious after Aston Villa’s 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Saturday, complaining about his opponents’ mind games and “inconsistent” officiating.
United had a chance to equalise in injury time when a penalty was awarded in front of the Stretford End, but taker Bruno Fernandes was forced to wait two minutes as Aston Villa players mobbed the referee.
During the chaotic scenes, Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez did his best to get under the skin of Fernandes by pointing to Cristiano Ronaldo, suggesting he should take the penalty instead.
Fernandes duly blazed his attempt over the crossbar and United lost 1-0, leaving Solskjaer to digest yet another defeat.
“I didn’t enjoy, I didn’t like, the way they crowded the referee and the penalty spot and tried to affect him (Fernandes),” Solskjaer said. “It clearly worked for them but that’s not great to see.
“But they achieved what they needed to and got what they wanted to.”
Solskjaer also complained about Villa’s winner, claiming keeper David de Gea was fowled by Ollie Watkinds as Kortney House nodded home. It was a goal similar to one Leicester City was disallowed against Brighton the week earlier because Harvey Barnes was blocking the view of the keeper Robert Sanchez.
“You can see the inconsistency again, VAR and decision-making,” Solskjaer said.
“Watkins is clear standing on or touching David as the header has gone in so it’s a foul or he is offside. The linesman did his job he called it into VAR but they turned the decision down and it is a goal unfortunately, so bad decisions again.”
De Gea, however, went against his manager at the end of the game, saying there were “no excuses”.
“It’s a very disappointing day for us,” De Gea told MUTV. “But I think there are no excuses today.
“We were playing at home with confidence and if we want to win big trophies like the Premier League, we need to win these types of games.”
After the match, #OleOut began trending on Twitter with Manchester United fans furious about a third loss in all competitions across in their past four games, despite Solskjaer’s big spend on new signings Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.