David de Gea insisted Manchester United can have ‘no excuses’ for their 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa, despite controversy surrounding the visitors’ winning goal.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was furious that Kortney Hause’s header had not been ruled out by VAR for offside.
Believing Villa striker Ollie Watkins was blocking De Gea’s view, in the crucial moment at Old Trafford.
Solskjaer said: “The goal is offside, as Hause heads it Watkins is actually touching David so he is impeding with him. I can’t see the consistency anywhere with the VAR and the decision making.”
But De Gea was in more reflective mood and admitted United should be winning games like this one if they’re to challenge for the league title this season.
Bruno Fernandes’ late penalty miss meant United lost the chance to gain a share of the spoils, though their performance hardly merited a point.
“It’s a very disappointing day for us,” De Gea told MUTV.
“But I think there are no excuses today. We were playing at home with confidence and if we want to win big trophies like the Premier League, we need to win these types of games.”
On the controversy surrounding Villa’s goal, which had incensed Solskjaer, De Gea took a more phlegmatic view.
He added: “We conceded from a set-piece and I saw the replay and probably it’s offside. He [Watkins] was very close to me. Again that happens.
“It’s a hard one to take. Now we have to be ready for the next one.”