IT WAS A DEJA VU FOR ASTON VILLA ALL OVER AGAIN
In a familiar twist of fate, Douglas Luiz fouled Paul Pogba in the box for a United penalty in the second half – exactly as happened in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford on New Year’s Day. In a repeat of history, Fernandes duly stepped up and scored the spot-kick.
For Villa fans, there will also be a familiar feeling of failing to beat the Reds at Villa Park, they haven’t done so in the league in 22 matches since 1995. Bruno Fernandes’s goal means he has broken the record for the number of penalties scored in a single season for the club, having dispatched 13 spot-kicks in all competitions. Meanwhile, his penalty was the 113th taken in this season’s Premier League, breaking the all-time competition record of 112 previously set in 2006-07.
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A BIG LOSS FOR MANCHESTER UNITED
The only sour note for Manchester United today was the injury to Harry Maguire, who limped off towards the end. This will be a cause for concern for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during the business end of the season.
The boss later revealed that the player sustained a knock to his knee after falling awkwardly and will be tested to ascertain the extent of his layoff. It’s going to be a long, anxious wait for the Manchester United fans who’ll be hoping to have the defender back for the Europa League final in three weeks