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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Under Fire From United Fans After Dire Home Loss To Villa

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Under Fire From United Fans After Dire Home Loss To Villa

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is once again under fire in the Man United hotseat, after a shocking 1-0 home loss to Aston Villa.

The late winner from Villa, coupled with a missed penalty from Bruno Fernandes, made it a disastrous Saturday at Old Trafford, and fans and rivals alike laid into Solskjaer in the aftermath of the game.

Questions asked of Solskjaer after Aston Villa loss

The Norwegian is approaching three years in charge this Christmas and, despite the acquisitions of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane, and Jadon Sancho over the summer, this is now a third loss in four games for Solskjaer and United.

The team are already out of the EFL Cup and, though that may not be seen as a major issue for some fans, it is another chance for Solskjaer to win his first trophy that has disappeared.

After seeing his side creep through an away win at West Ham last week, Solskjaer watched his United look completely void of ideas against Villa.

The home side absolutely dominated, with nearly 60% possession and 28 shots, but they looked unable to create any meaningful chances, despite the runs of Ronaldo and Mason Greenwood up front.

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For some United fans, the defeat to Villa - and the manner of the defeat, particularly - was a final straw when it comes to Solskjaer, who has divided the fanbase since taking over in December 2018.

After the game, #OleOut was once again trending on Twitter. Though some fans were more measured, we were hard pressed to find a single Man United fan defending Solskjaer in the aftermath of yet another disappointing result at home.

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Many fans were keen to point out that Man United's progress over the past few years has been largely down to the influence of Solskjaer, but many fans seemed to suggest that the defeat to Villa proves he cannot take the team any further than he already has.

His post-match interview also came under fire, as he immediately made some bizarre claims about the refereeing during the game.

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Another issue many fans took was the decision to allow Bruno Fernandes to take the 93rd minute penalty which could have handed United a point from the game. Despite Fernandes' excellent penalty taking record, most would have expected Cristiano Ronaldo to step up, given his reputation as a match-winner and penalty taker himself.

The fact that Solskjaer had commented the day before the game on Man United's hard luck with penalties was a rather unfortunate coincidence that brought smiles to rival faces.

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The bad news for Man United - and particularly for Solskjaer - is that the games come thick and fast, and they only get tougher from here. A start to the season that saw United play Newcastle, Southampton, and Aston Villa in the opening weeks would have been seen as an opportunity by many to get points on the board ahead of a tricky run of fixtures.

They now look ahead to a run of twelve games that includes two Champions League nights against their Europa League final conquerors Villarreal, and clashes with Liverpool, Man City, Chelsea, and Spurs.

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The Champions League has been a major issue for Solskjaer since taking over, and he has lost seven of the eleven games he has managed in that competition, including an opening day defeat to Young Boys just two weeks ago.

His management came under fire in the aftermath of that game and, despite United still sitting in a decent position in the table, this Wednesday's game against Villarreal feels must-win for the Norwegian.

It's just as well two of his best players won't be missing through injury...

Things have very quickly turned from hopeful to hopeless for Solskjaer this season at Man United, and defeat to Aston Villa has piled the pressure on him once more. Time will tell whether he will survive the season.

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