Cristiano Ronaldo has demanded his Manchester United teammates to ‘react immediately’ after their disappointing late defeat to Aston Villa yesterday.
A late Kourtney Hause header and Bruno Fernandes penalty miss sealed all three points for the visitors, with the hosts’ new no.7 not impressed with what he saw.
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“This is only the beginning,” the 36 year old wrote. “But in a competition as strong as the Premier League, every point counts. We must react immediately, get back on our feet and show our true strength.”
This is the second, surprise loss Ronaldo has suffered since returning to Old Trafford. He could have been The Red Devils’ saviour yesterday when Mike Dean pointed to the spot but his compatriot Fernandes took responsibility and blasted it into the Stretford End, something he has apologised for since.
The defeat has raised further questions about manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who believed his side should have taken at least a point from the game as Villa striker Ollie Watkins was offside when Hause glanced home the winner.
“You can take it when it’s a good goal against you,” the Norwegian told BBC Sport. “But that’s offside. Watkins touches David (de Gea) as Hause heads the ball… I just can’t see the consistency
“When you lose games, it’s a concern.”
The loss is United’s first of the Premier League season and pushes them into 4th place, a point behind the leaders Liverpool.
Next up for Ronaldo and his teammates is the visit of Villareal in the Champions League on Wednesday night. It’s the first time the two clubs have locked horns since the Europa League Final earlier this year and Solskjær has promised his team ‘will be ready’ for the fixture.