Premier League: 'We have to look at the mirror,’ says United's Bruno Fernandes after Manchester Derby loss
United beat Tottenham convincingly last week to restore some pride following an embarrassing 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool but were palpably second best against City on Saturday, struggling with and without the ball.
Fernandes was given the chance to snatch a dramatic equaliser in the final seconds at Old Trafford on Saturday. But he blasted the spot-kick high over the bar and Villa held on to win.
The way Manchester City dominated possession and reduced Chelsea to mostly long balls showed that Guardiola’s team, the defending champion, might still be the team to beat this season.
United were made to work harder than expected for the three points, but were able to rely on Ronaldo's predatory instincts to strike twice either side of Javier Manquillo's well-worked equaliser.
Cristiano Ronaldo back at Old Trafford: How former and current Manchester United players reacted to transfer
Former and current Manchester United players welcomed Cristiano Ronaldo back at the club in a blockbuster move from Juventus.
Premier League: Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo agrees terms with Manchester United ahead of Old Trafford return
The Red Devils announced the agreement of the deal on Twitter following an action-packed day's worth of events which saw a number of rapid developments in the ongoing transfer saga.
Solskjaer was frustrated when referee Craig Pawson's decision not to award a foul on Bruno Fernandes led to Southampton opening the scoring through Fred's own goal in Sunday's 1-1 draw.
Over 300,000 fans are expected to attend the opening weekend of the season with full crowds restored following the easing of coronavirus restrictions.
Ronaldo scored in the 44th minute to take his international tally to 104 goals.
In this episode of More Than A Game, we look at our picks for Premier League Team of the Season and discuss the futures of some high-profile names who could be making big moves.
Roberto Firmino scored twice either side of half-time after Diogo Jota cancelled out Bruno Fernandes's early opener for the home side.
Premier League: Manchester United delay City's title celebrations by beating Aston Villa; West Brom relegated
Defeat meant Baggies boss Sam Allardyce had suffered the first Premier League relegation of his managerial career.
Europa League: Bruno Fernandes, Edinson Cavani run riot as Manchester United thump AS Roma to banish semi-final hoodoo
Only a second leg collapse will prevent them from facing Villarreal or Arsenal in Gdansk on 26 May after a stunning second-half performance.
Premier League: Manchester United end rivals City's winning streak; Liverpool slump to sixth straight home loss
United ruined City's 28-game unbeaten run in all competitions thanks to an early penalty from Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw's second-half strike at the Etihad Stadium.
Europa League: Manchester United, Tottenham win big in relocated games; Napoli lose to Granada in first leg round of 32
Bruno Fernandes scored twice as Manchester United took a big step toward the last 16 of the Europa League with a 4-0 'away' win over Spanish team Real Sociedad in Italy.
Premier League: A year of Bruno Fernandes transforms Manchester United from pretenders to contenders
The fact that Manchester United are even involved in a title race is testament to Bruno Fernandes's first 12 months at Old Trafford.
The 26-year-old Portuguese international has transformed the fortunes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side since joining from Sporting Lisbon in January 2020.
Since his United debut in February 2020, Fernandes's 28 goals are more than any other Premier League player.
Fernandes struck with 12 minutes left at Old Trafford to cap a thrilling clash that left Liverpool searching for answers after another painful defeat.
Liverpool have surrendered top spot after three league games without a win and could drop to fifth place on Sunday if results go against them.