Manchester United vs Aston Villa LIVE: Premier League result, final score and reaction today

Bruno Fernandes missed a penalty in added time, moments after Kortney Hause had given Villa the lead

Jamie Braidwood
Saturday 25 September 2021 15:21
Solskjaer on Utd keeper battle and Villa

Manchester United suffered a second home defeat in four days this afternoon, as their 1-0 Carabao Cup loss to West Ham on Wednesday was followed by a 1-0 Premier League loss to Aston Villa.

Man United entered the fixture at Old Trafford with 13 points, as many as joint-leaders Liverpool and Chelsea and only trailing those teams on goal difference. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side stuttered here, however, with a dramatic game ending in dramatic fashion. After numerous chances for both teams, Kortney Hause finally converted for Villa in the 88th minute, heading home a goal for the visitors.

Just moments later, the defender gave away a penalty, with a handball awarded against him. Bruno Fernandes stepped up to the spot in added time, but the midfielder blazed his effort well over the crossbar to ensure Dean Smith’s players emerged victorious at Old Trafford.

United’s penalty came just one day after Solskjaer had complained about the lack of spot-kicks awarded to his team. The United coach seemed to blame those refereeing decisions on comments made by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp last season. Meanwhile, champions Man City edged Chelsea 1-0 in the Premier League’s other early kick-off, to shake up the title race.

Re-live the action below.


Manchester United vs Aston Villa

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaking to MUTV ahead of today’s match against Aston Villa.

[On his starting line-up] “They’re fresh, they’ve prepared well. A few were on the bench and came on on Wednesday night but we have prepared really well. Early kick offs are hard when you’ve also played Wednesday night, so that was also part of the reason for what we did on Wednesday night.”

[On the return of Cavani] “Edinson is an exceptional striker, finisher. His movement in the box. Tight games are always decided in the boxes so to have him back is good.”

[On Ronaldo’s record vs Villa] “Let’s hope it continues. He’s so focused on playing every game as well as he can. He’s started so well for us, had an impact both on and off the pitch, so let’s hope that continues.”

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 12:10

Manchester United vs Aston Villa

You have to go back to December 2009 to find Aston Villa’s last victory over Manchester United, which came in a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.

Villa finished sixth that campaign for the third season in a row - and have not reached those heights since. Dean Smith’s side are in a transition period following the departure of Jack Grealish but the signs have been promising over the past couple of weeks.

An impressive performance at Stamford Bridge ultimately ended in a 3-0 defeat two weeks ago, but Villa’s display was the “catalyst” for the 3-0 win over Everton the following matchday, according to Smith - who wants his side to bring the same positive approach into this afternoon’s fixture.

“It’s a massive club with a massive history, and they’re going to be pushing to challenge the likes of Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea,” he said.

“Our job is to go there and go toe-to-toe with them like we did at Chelsea.”

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 12:00

Manchester United vs Aston Villa

I wonder what the odds are of Manchester United getting a penalty this afternoon?

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer raised the fact that United have yet to be awarded a penalty so far this season, after they had two clear appeals turned down against West Ham last weekend, and appeared to take a swipe at Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

“A certain manager last year was starting to worry about us getting penalties and after that it seems like the decisions are more difficult to give,” Solskjaer said.

“I’ve seen a big difference since then on. So leave it to the refs and make the right calls very soon. We just have to hope we get what we deserve. We should have had three penalties in the last two games.”

United received 11 penalties in the Premier League last season, more than any side other than Leicester (12), including two against Aston Villa.

In fact, United have been awarded a penalty in each of their last three matches against today’s opponents.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 11:50

Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Team news

Cristiano Ronaldo, of course, returns to the United line-up after he was rested for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup defeat against West Ham.

Ronaldo has scored more Premier League goals against Aston Villa than any other opponent with eight goals in 12 appearances from his first spell at the club.

The forward won 11 of those games against Villa, drawing the other, and will be aiming to score in the third successive Premier League game since returning United this season.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 11:40

Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Team news

Manchester United are unchanged from last Sunday’s 2-1 win over West Ham, with Edinson Cavani returning to the bench. Jadon Sancho, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek are also among the United substitutes, while there is no place for Dean Henderson.

Villa make one change from the team that started the 3-0 win over Everton, with Kortney Hause coming in for Axel Tuanzebe - who cannot play against his parent club. Dean Smith keeps his 3-5-2 formation, as Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins continue their partnership up front. Matt Targett and John McGinn have been passed fit but Leon Bailey is out with a thigh injury.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 11:36

Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Team news

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba; Ronaldo

Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Hause, Targett; Luiz, Ramsey, McGinn; Watkins, Ings

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 11:29

Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Team news

Edinson Cavani receives a big cheer as the United squad make their way off the team bus and head into Old Trafford.

It looks like the Uruguayan is back in the United squad, as expected, but we’ll have confirmation when the official team news drops at 11:30.

Jamie Braidwood25 September 2021 11:21

Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Team news

Edinson Cavani is nearing a return and could be available while Marcus Rashford and Amad Diallo remain out - but apart from that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should have a full squad to choose from.

The United manager is likely to make another 11 changes to his team and revert back to the side that started at West Ham last weekend.

Leon Bailey is a doubt for Aston Villa after he injured his quad while scoring against Everton last weekend. The forward was substituted as a precaution but while he revealed afterwards that it was “nothing serious”, a return date has not been given.

John McGinn is also a doubt after he was brought off in the 40th minute against Everton with a concussion, while Matt Target was also substituted with an abductor injury.

Keinan Davis and Trezeguet remain out for Villa but Emi Buendia could return after missing the Everton match following his return from quarantine.

Axel Tuanzebe is unable to play against his parent club which could force manager Dean Smith to revert to a back four.

Jack Rathborn25 September 2021 10:58

Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Predicted line-ups

Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Varane, Maguire, Shaw; Fred, McTominay; Greenwood, Fernandes, Pogba; Ronaldo

Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Luiz, Ramsey; Traore, Buendia, Watkins; Ings

Jack Rathborn25 September 2021 10:58

Manchester United vs Aston Villa: Odds

Manchester United: 4/11

Draw: 4/1

Aston Villa: 13/2

Jack Rathborn25 September 2021 10:57

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