Cristiano Ronaldo had a telling reaction to Bruno Fernandes’ penalty miss as Manchester United slipped to a disappointing Old Trafford defeat against Aston Villa in the Premier League.
The blockbuster summer signing, who had scored four goals across his first three fixtures during his second spell at the club, was snubbed for penalty duties during the early kick-off.
The 36-year-old was the first to run into the box following the effort from his Portugal international team-mate, but looked to the ground in pain after watching it clear the bar.
Despite his individual sorrow, Ronaldo made sure to approach Fernandes and give him a supportive pat on the belly, knowing how his colleague would’ve been feeling.
Aston Villa goalscorer Kourtney Hause was the man who gave away the spot-kick, and he admitted to Match of the Day his relief: “When they gave the penalty I was devastated and fuming with myself.
“Looking back I didn’t make myself any bigger. I’ve tried to bring my arms in so when Bruno blazed it over the bar I was relieved. I think it was justice in the end because I don’t think it was a penalty.
“The rules are the rules. All we can do as players is play the game and play it well and whatever decision the referees and VAR want to give we have to get on with it.”
“We had the better chances. We haven’t really had to defend too tough as a team but we’ve come away with the three points and that’s all that matters. We’re happy.”
Villa boss Dean Smith added: “I thought we deserved the win today. We were aggressive and brave and you have to be coming here.”
Adding of the penalty: “I’ve seen it back.
“I thought it was a very harsh penalty. I’m not sure where is is supposed to put his arms when it flashes across. For me, justice was done when he missed it.”