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Match winner Bruno Fernandes says Manchester United must take down teams faster to keep up with Liverpool at the top of the table.
United joined the Merseysiders at the top with 33 points after beating Aston Villa 2-1 on Friday night..
But Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men had to dig deep.
A Fernandes penalty had given them a 2-1 lead just after park time. But they couldn’t increase that lead despite creating several more opportunities.
It meant that Villa was in the game to the death. And deep into injury time, Eric Bailly had to make a last-gasp block to prevent Keinan Davis from giving the visitors a draw.
United had needed a late, late Marcus Rashford goal to beat Wolves 1-0 in his previous home game.
And Leicester tied them again at 2-2 in the previous game after leading 2-1 with five minutes to go.
Fernandes says his team needs to be more clinical to avoid all the endgame drama.
The point was made by the boss Sunshine and the Portuguese midfielder agreed.
“I agree with that because against Leicester we conceded a goal at the end,” Fernandes said.
“The only mistake we made today was that we had more chances to score again and we may have to close the game faster.
“We did not score the third and they pressure us until the end.
“We knew them [Aston Villa] He play’s very well. They have qualities and they are doing well in the league.
“We did well and created more chances than before, but we scored fewer goals. However, the most important thing is the three points. “
Fernandes happy to continue in penalty service
Once again, Fernandes he kept calm from the spot to give United the winner. That led him to 16 goals this season and he’s happy to keep improving.
“I feel like I have to make the penalty go to goal but it’s important to score and it doesn’t matter how,” he said.
“You need to win the games no matter how. I am confident when I take the penalty, otherwise I would go through someone else. “
Solskjaer also praised the Fernandes bottle when United moved to the level Liverpool in points but behind in goal difference.
The Norwegian said: “He wants to take penalties and that’s the first thing.
“He is never afraid of failing. He’s been very confident and he’s a confident man on the spot. “
Overall, Fernandes has been successful with 15 of the 16 pitches since joining the Red Devils.
Since their arrival, United have earned more points than Liverpool in the Premier League.