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Manchester United vs. Aston Villa : Man United was beaten by Aston Villa at Old Trafford; Bruno Fernandes misses penalty

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Manchester United‘s Premier League game with Aston Villa on Sept. 25 has been moved forward because of a Courteeners concert taking place at Lancashire Cricket Club on the same day.

The Old Trafford fixture was originally scheduled for 10 a.m. E.T. but will now begin at 7.30 a.m. E.T. and will directly clash with Chelsea vs. Manchester City.

It came about following a request from Trafford Council Safety Advisory Group to move the game.

United said in a statement: “This request was supported by Greater Manchester Police and TfGM to avoid significant crowd, traffic, and operational issues locally.

“We regret any disruption that this may cause around our supporters’ plans for the day.”

Manchester United vs. Aston Villa
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Manchester United were beaten 1-0 at Old Trafford by Aston Villa on Saturday as Bruno Fernandes missed a stoppage-time penalty in their Premier League clash.

With the game petering out to a goalless draw, Kortney Hause headed home in the 88th minute to seal the victory for the visitors.

United had more possession in the first half, but it was Villa who created the better chances with Ollie Watkins and Ezri Konsa going close.

The hosts failed to improve in the second half and lost key defenders Luke Shaw and Harry Maguire to injury.

Paul Pogba had a good chance in the second half when he was set up by Scott McTominay but he fired over.

United was given the chance to equalize in stoppage time when referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot after Edinson Cavani‘s header was adjudged to have struck Hause’s arm, but Fernandes hit his effort way over.

Villa boss Dean Smith was frustrated with the penalty award despite his side’s win. He said: “We caused them problems from set-pieces and we get that goal and want to see the game out then, but inevitable when we play Man United we give a penalty away.

“Extremely harsh — I’m not sure where he’s meant to put his arm and probably justice was done. They’ll enjoy that one and certainly our fans will because it’s a long time coming.”

Cristiano Ronaldo was back in the starting lineup, having been among the first-team players left out of the Carabao Cup third-round defeat to West Ham United, but failed to find the net for the first match since his return.

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