Manchester United were mediocre throughout the game, looking disjointed under pressure from a Villa-inspired side who were well worth a result. Dean Smith’s men took the lead in the 88th minute with a header from defender Kortney Hause.
There was a VAR controversy with the goal, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggesting he shouldn’t have stayed because Villa forward Ollie Watkins obstructed David de Gea’s view and movement as he stood in an offside position.
However, Villa received a lifeline in added time when striker Hause was judged for manipulating the inside of his box.
Fernandes stepped up his efforts, which were for the most part compelling at 12 yards as a United player, but unusually lost his temper and soared above the bar.
And the Portugal international took to Instagram to express his disappointment at missing a crucial penalty.
United No.18 wrote: “I have always lived up to my responsibilities, and have always embraced them under pressure at times like this. Today I failed. But I took a step forward and took on the challenge with the same ambition and responsibility as when, on many other occasions, the ball ended up in the net.
“Criticism and contrasting opinions are an integral part of football. I’ve learned to live with them, even using them to motivate myself, and I consider all of this a very important part of my commitment to never stop trying to improve myself and become the best player I can be. , for me and for the team.
“Today I have taken over the responsibility that has been entrusted to me almost since I joined United and I will take it back without any fear or fear whenever I am invited.
“The most important thing for me is to win together and I will always do my best to help my teammates and the club be the best they can be.
“I am a player who leaves everything on the pitch, with a lot of desire and commitment. And that’s what I will continue to do.
“Thank you for all your support after the final whistle! Hearing you sing my name in the stadium was very moving… I will come back stronger for me, because these are the standards I hold, but especially for my teammates and our fans who have always supported us. “
Some sections of United’s support have been disappointed that Solskjaer did not ask Cristiano Ronaldo to take the penalty, given his extraordinary record of goals in important moments.
However, in light of Fernandes’ recent failure, there will surely be an interesting debate on the pitch as to who will take United’s next free kick.