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Pressure Mounts on Ole as Manchester United Draw against Villa

Pressure Mounts on Ole as Manchester United Draw against Villa Photo: TT
Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjær (R) and Marcus Rashford (L) react after the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Aston Villa at Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain, 01 December 2019. EPA/PETER POWELL EDITORIAL U

The pressure on Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has increased as the Red Devils could only draw with Aston Villa at Old Trafford.

United have completely lost the fear factor they cultivated under legendary former manager Sir Alex Ferguson and have gifted points to Bournemouth, Sheffield United, Newcastle United and now Villa.

This latest showing follows their dismal loss against Kazakhstan Premier League side FC Astana on Wednesday and highlights how far the giants have fallen.

Villa’s home grown star Jack Grealish put his team ahead with a beautiful, curled finish from an impossible angle and he jinxed outside his man to open up a hint of space and placed the ball beyond David De Gea and into the net after just 11 minutes.

It took an own goal by the away side’s goalkeeper Tom Heaton to level things up for United albeit an unlucky one as Marcus Rashford’s header bounced off the bar, off Heaton’s back and into the goal.

Didn’t deserve it

Solskjaer’s team were poor again and a point for Villa was no less than they deserved, but despite that United found themselves 2-1 ahead as Victor Lindelof rose highest at the back stick and headed home a cross that was deflected into his path by a Brummy head.

Once again, United failed to hold on to their lead against a newly promoted side and Tyrone Mings scored just two minutes after the Red Devils went in front.

Mings thought he was offside but a VAR check showed youngster Brandon Williams playing the defender on and the equaliser a lovely first time volley stood.

Anthony Martial could have won it for Man Utd but he missed his chance late on, a chance that was probably the best of the game, to heap the pressure on Ole as United languish in 9th place.

Russell hughes
Sports Pundit staff writer
@rusty_hughes I’m a cricket, rugby union and football writer based in Wellington but with one foot in South Africa and England

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