In pictures: Man Utd v Aston Villa
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Bruno Fernandes clearly felt he was to blame for Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on Saturday following his penalty miss, but some of his team-mates have jumped up to show their support. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were finding it difficult to break down Villa at Old Trafford.
And it was the visitors who broke the deadlock with just two minutes left of normal time.
Kortney Hause scored a brilliant header from a corner to open up a 1-0 lead for Villa, but the defender soon had his head in his hands after being adjudged to have handled the ball in his own box in stoppage time.
Mike Dean pointed to the spot with VAR supporting his decision. Fernandes duly stepped up to take the penalty kick, but blazed his effort over the bar.
Cristiano Ronaldo was the first player to come over and console Fernandes, who stood in disbelief for a while.
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And Fernandes clearly felt the full weight of responsibility later that evening as he posted an “emotional” statement on social media.
The statement read: “Nobody is more frustrated and disappointed than me for missing the penalty and the consequent defeat.
“I’ve always assumed my responsibilities and I’ve always embraced them under pressure in moments like this. Today, I failed.
“But I took a step forward and faced the challenge with the same ambition and responsibility as when, on the many other occasions, the ball ended up in the net.
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“Criticism and contrasting opinions are a big part of football. I’ve learned to live with it, even using them to drive me on, and I consider it all a very important part of my commitment to never stop trying to improve and to become the best player I can possibly be, for me and the team.
“Today I once again took the responsibility given to me almost since I joined United and I will take it again without any fear or dread whenever called upon.
“The most important thing for me is to win together and I’ll always do everything I can to help my teammates and the club to be the best we can be.
“I’m a player who leaves everything on the pitch, with great desire and commitment. And that’s what I’ll continue to do.
“Thank you for all your support after the final whistle! Hearing you chanting my name in the stadium was very emotional…
“I will come back stronger for me, because these are the standards I hold myself to, but most of all for my teammates and our fans who have always supported us.”
But five of Fernandes’ United team-mates have all jumped to the support of their vice-captain.
Harry Maguire, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and David de Gea all posted love heart emojis on Instagram.
And United full-back added his own personal support, writing: “With you every day of the week.”
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