Twitter goes mad as Manchester United kick off 2021 with controversial penalty

Tom Gott
Manchester United kicked off the year with a penalty
Manchester United kicked off the year with a penalty / Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

2021 is supposed to be a fresh start for everyone. 2020 was the stuff of nightmares, but this year is the perfect time for change.

Well, unless you're Manchester United.

If you're Manchester United, you can look forward to another year of penalties.

United welcomed Aston Villa to Old Trafford on New Year's Day, but channelled their inner 2020 in the 60th minute when they won yet another penalty - their 11th of the season in all competitions. That's 11 in 25 games, which is a frankly ridiculous record.

Paul Pogba went down in the box and was deemed to have been tripped by a furious Douglas Luiz, who was adamant that he did not touch the Frenchman.

The referee did not hesitate to give the penalty and VAR agreed with the decision, and while there clearly was slight contact, Villa were left furious at just how little was needed to take Pogba to the ground.

As per usual, up stepped the excellent Bruno Fernandes, who fired home into the bottom left for his bazillionth goal for the club since joining 12 months ago.

Penchester United? Bruno Penandes? Take your pick. Neither are funny anyway.

Fernandes' penalty was enough to steer United to a 2-1 win over Dean Smith's side, helping the Red Devils move level on points with league leaders Liverpool after 16 games.

It's the third Premier League game this season in which a Fernandes penalty has won all three points for United, which is mental.

He's already been directly responsible for victories over Brighton and West Brom, and now Villa can add their names to the ever-growing list!

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