Jack Grealish has sent his former teammate Emiliano Martinez a celebratory message following Aston Villa’s shock 1-0 win against Manchester United on Saturday. The Red Devils were stunned by an 88th minute Kortney Hause goal from the visitors as their title aspirations were dealt a big blow.
United were handed a golden opportunity to equalise when they were awarded a penalty deep into injury time.
But Bruno Fernandes blazed his effort well over the bar after opting to take the spot-kick over Cristiano Ronaldo.
Villa goalkeeper Martinez appeared to psyche Fernandes out after trying to convince Ronaldo to take the penalty.
And he wound up the home supporters behind the goal with a celebratory dance following Fernandes’ miss.
One man who certainly enjoyed Martinez’s antics was Manchester City star Jack Grealish, who played with the Argentinean last season before making his big-money move to the Premier League champions.
And he responded to his old colleague’s Instagram post after the game by writing: “Emi you funny guy. Well done bro.”
Fernandes felt the need to apologise to United fans for his error in an emotional social media post after full-time.
“Nobody is more frustrated and disappointed than me for missing the penalty and the consequent defeat,” Fernandes said.
“I’ve always assumed my responsibilities and I’ve always embraced them under pressure in moments like this. Today, I failed.
“But I took a step forward and faced the challenge with the same ambition and responsibility as when, on the many other occasions, the ball ended up in the net.
“Criticism and contrasting opinions are a big part of football. I’ve learned to live with it, even using them to drive me on, and I consider it all a very important part of my commitment to never stop trying to improve and to become the best player I can possibly be, for me and the team.
“Today I once again took the responsibility given to me almost since I joined United and I will take it again without any fear or dread whenever called upon.
“The most important thing for me is to win together and I’ll always do everything I can to help my teammates and the club to be the best we can be.”
United will look to bounce back from their disappointment against Villa when they face Villarreal in the Champions League on Wednesday.
But after losing three of their last four games in all competitions the pressure is mounting on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer once again.
And unless he turns things around quickly the Norwegian could well be in serious trouble.