Cristiano Ronaldo penalty snub addressed by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed why he didn’t pick Cristiano Ronaldo to take the penalty shot against Aston Villa.
The Red Devils’ honeymoon stage seems to nearing closer to an end after Aston Villa handed them their first English Premier League loss this season on Saturday.
Speaking after the game, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was quizzed to divulge the truth behind the picking of Bruno Fernandes over Cristiano Ronaldo to take the spot kick that could’ve tied the game.
According to Solskjaer, there’s no controversy behind it as everything was already agreed upon before the match even started.
“The decision was made before the game,” Solskjaer replied when asked why he didn’t choose Ronaldo to take the penalty kick via Daily Post.
In the end, Fernandes terribly missed the penalty and kicked the ball into the stands.
While it was a clear miss, Solskjaer complained about the delay caused by Aston Villa players moments before the Manchester United midfielder’s spot kick.
“I wasn’t going to mention it but it’s not right that they [Aston Villa] do that,” the manager stressed via Eurosport. “I guess that should be a yellow card for someone but they have achieved what they wanted.”
“First of all the way they get round the penalty spot, get round Bruno [Fernandes] and that, that’s not to my liking,” he added. “Bruno is usually very good in those positions and unfortunately he missed this one.”
Manchester United will host Villarreal on Wednesday and will be hoping to avoid a fourth defeat in five consecutive UEFA Champions League matches.