The opening 87 minutes of Man United and Aston Villa’s clash on Saturday afternoon were dull, but the game burst into life in the final few minutes as it was drama aplenty.
Kortney Hause, who was subbed on with 15 minutes remaining, gave his side the lead after he headed home from a corner. United were given a penalty in stoppage-time when Hause was penalised for a handball inside the box.
United fans have two of the world’s best penalty takers: Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo. It was the former who took the ball and placed it down on the spot. He’s usually so reliable from 12 yards, having scored 21 of his 22 spot-kicks in a United shirt.
But he failed to convert in front of an expecting Old Trafford crowd as he blazed his effort into row Z. Everyone in the home end were gutted after seeing Fernandes’ effort miss the target. Except for one fan. A Villa supporter managed to get a ticket in the home end.
They filmed their reaction to the penalty and they didn’t suppress their feelings at all. The number of dirty looks must have been in the hundreds. It takes some nerve to celebrate among thousands of angry United fans but that’s exactly what they did.
It wouldn’t have been surprising if a United supporter retaliated but, fortunately, that wasn’t the case.