Another day, another disaster for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Manchester United's reasonably poor performances to start the season were masked by some favourable results, but things have very much caught up with them over the last ten days or so.
Losses to Young Boys and West Ham (in the Carabao Cup) did not reflect well on the manager, and while they would labour to a win against David Moyes' side in the league thanks to a late goal and subsequent penalty miss from the opposition, those roles were reversed at Old Trafford this afternoon.
They were condemned to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Aston Villa, with a Kortney Hause goal in the 88th minute proving to be the winner. However, United would have a chance to level the game late on.
Hause was adjudged to have handled the ball in the box, with Bruno Fernandes stepping up to take the resulting penalty. What followed was some wonderful shithousing from Aston Villa.
They would surround Fernandes in the buildup to the penalty, exchanging verbals as he waited to take the the spot kick. Goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez even seemed to bait Cristiano Ronaldo over the fact that he was not taking the penalty himself.
Of course, the Portuguese midfielder would blast the penalty well over the bar.
This caused Martinez to break out in a little dance in front of the home supporters, while Hause would have a final word in the ear of Fernandes.
As has become custom after a negative result, it did not take long for Solskjaer to complain about some aspect of the game.
More specifically, he said he was not happy with the behaviour of the Aston Villa players before and after the penalty incident. He also claimed that the Aston Villa goal should have been given as offside due to Ollie Watkins impeding the goalkeeper.
We're not sure that argument holds much credence considering he was standing on the opposite side of De Gea in comparison to where the ball went.
Still, Solskjaer was fairly bitter about both incidents in his post-match interview.
3⃣ defeats in the last 4⃣ games for @ManUtd...
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I'm obviously disappointed, because it's an offside for their goal. It's unfortunate to have that decision against you...
First of all, the way they get around the penalty spot and Bruno is not to my liking. I do understand it, but it shouldn't be that way.
Bruno is normally very good in those positions but unfortunately he missed this one...
It doesn't get into Bruno's head, he is very strong mentally and will step forward again.
While this result may not be a huge issue in isolation, it is the latest in a fairly lengthy run of poor performances for Manchester United.
Considering the way the club backed him in the summer, it would have been expected that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could get far more out of this side.