Manchester United slumped to another defeat at home against Aston Villa in what was their 2nd straight loss in 2 matches since their 4-1 over Newcastle United on September 11th. But that wasn't even the news of the match. The talking point of the Matchday 6 fixture against the Villans was that Bruno Fernandes missed a last-minute penalty, losing the chance to earn a point for the Red Devils. For context, this is Bruno Fernandes' only 2nd penalty loss since he joined Manchester United.
Manchester United lose again to Aston Villa: The results so far
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United side are experiencing an early season slump as they fell to their 4th defeat in 4 consecutive matches on Sunday. Despite starting the season in impressive fashion with the 5-1 demolition of Leeds United on the opening weekend followed by a draw away to Southampton, a win away at Wolverhampton Wanderers and a 4-1 home win against Newcastle United; the Red Devils find themselves in a bit of a rut.
A 2-1 loss to Young Boys on Matchday 1 of this season's UEFA Champions League kick-started this wretched run of form with a 1-0 loss at home against West Ham United in the Carabao Cup preceding Sunday's 1-0 loss to Dean Smith's Aston Villa side. While it seemed all hope was lost, United was given a flicker in the last minutes through a penalty but the Portuguese penalty expert missed his kick from 18 yards out.
Bruno Fernandes' missed penalty and apology
United fans would have been relieved to witness the decision on who would be the team's designated penalty kicker. With Cristiano Ronaldo still on the pitch, Fernandes took hold of the ball to play the penalty. With an almost impeccable record blemished by one solitary miss for United, Fernandes played the 93rd minute penalty but blazed it over the bar. Many believe that the scary antics of Villa goalkeeper, Dibu Martinez contributed to Fernandes' miss.
In the aftermath of the penalty miss, Bruno Fernandes went on Twitter to tender his apology to the United fans. He wrote: "No excuse for my penalty miss today. I’m my biggest critic but as always I’ll use it to drive me forward ... today I failed ... I will come back stronger.”
Many see the apology by Bruno Fernandes as necessary because of his records with the club. While others see it as a publicity stunt, with Gary Neville branding Fernandes' apology as 'embarassing.'