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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer pinpoints Manchester United weakness in Aston Villa loss

Manchester United's loss to Aston Villa at Old Trafford was attributed to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's lack of quality in the final third and a loss of control. 

 

United had 28 efforts on goal against Villa, but failed to put enough pressure on Emiliano Martinez, who was punished when Kortney Hause headed in the game-winner in the 88th minute. 

 

Bruno Fernandes had time left to spin an injury-time penalty over the crossbar, capping United's dismal day as they dropped further points in the title chase.


In an end-to-end encounter in which Villa created plenty of opportunities of their own, United threatened on the break, but Solskjaer blamed the defeat on errors in the final third. cisive. 

 

“I think we were very good on the transition, defensively, and attacked swiftly, as you mentioned. Then, however, when we got up there, the final execution and quality of the pass or shot wasn't good enough to score goals,” he explained. 

 

“It was a good game for a neutral because it ebbed and flowed. Unfortunately, we concede a goal on a corner where there are inconsistencies and VAR decisions.


“Watkins is touching David as the header goes in; the linesman did an excellent job reporting it, calling it into VAR, but they overruled the ruling, and it was a goal. Regrettably, I've made some bad judgments again.” 

 

Villa had had several decent chances before Hause's goal, with David de Gea saving Ollie Watkins twice and Matt Targett blasting over the crossbar from inside the six-yard box. 

 

“They had some significant moments. “The first one was probably the one that Target hit over the bar, and Aaron [Wan-Bissaka] did a fantastic job defending,” Solskjaer remarked.

Second half, when Harry and David had a terrible back pass, David made a great save. 

 

“We had some important moments as well, Mason had a couple, missed a penalty, but we didn't create enough to score goals today, and that wasn't good enough. 

 

“As I mentioned, transition was terrific; we played forward, rushed forward, and got shots off, but we could have spent more time up there carving out more opportunities.” 

 

United's lack of control in the game, according to Solskjaer, has deteriorated into a slugfest.


“We should and could have slowed the game down,” he said, “but we have attackers who are extremely good on transition with speed and skill, and sometimes that decision was rushed and a little hasty.” 

 

“Despite having 60 percent possession and 30 shots, we didn't have enough control, and we know Villa is a side that excels in transition. 

 

“But it wasn't that that harmed us; it was the final corner kick, and Bruno had one of his extremely rare misses.”

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