Manchester United ended their Aston Villa Sunday match 2-2 with coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying that Man United’s league position is not a concern after being left in ninth position after 14 games.
Tyrone Mings’ first Premier League goal levelled the scores shortly after Victor Lindelof had given Manchester United a 64th-minute lead, though, the England defender did have to wait to see if it would be ruled out by the assistant video referee (VAR).
But the assistant referee kept his flag down and VAR proved he was correct to do so as Aston Villa avoided defeat at Old Trafford for the first time since 2009.
Villa skipper Jack Grealish gave his side a deserved lead with a magnificent curling shot after 11 minutes only for Manchester United to equalise against the run of play just before the interval when a Marcus Rashford header hit the inside of a post before bouncing in off the back of former United keeper Tom Heaton.
Solskjaer’s men struggled further for a late winner but Anthony Martial failed to convert their best chance as Man United had to settle for a second successive draw against a promoted team.
Speaking to MUTV after the match, Solskjaer said, “Disappointed with the first half especially. After we conceded the first goal, we didn’t get to grips with the game.
“Sometimes when you concede at Old Trafford early, you get a kick up the backside. And to be fair we did get the two goals, to go 2-1, but disappointed that we didn’t hold onto the lead.
“I don’t think we deserved to be 1-1 at half-time. Second half was more like it and we know we should have scored more. It’s not just the second time, it’s been quite a few times this season we’ve had the lead and not been able to see it out.
“You always feel a late winner coming at Old Trafford and we were unlucky not to get the penalty. Clear handball for me and the referee has to see that. We should be ready for a game again on Wednesday.”
Man United have now taken only 18 points from their opening 14 league games. That requires Solskjaer to guide them to more wins in their next three matches if they are to surpass the 26 points Jose Mourinho amassed when he was sacked after 17 games earlier this year.
“I wouldn’t have sat here and talked about us being fifth if we had got that one goal extra, so the league table at this point is not the biggest concern because it is so tight,” Solskjaer said.
“I just need to make sure that we get performances and get three or four performances after each other – and results.
“So far we have had the lead in so many games and we haven’t been able to win those games, six or seven times we’ve been 1-0 up, or 2-1, or 3-2 like last week. We should be better at seeing those games into wins.”