Tyrone Mings’ equaliser saw Manchester United held to a 2-2 draw at home to Aston Villa.
Jack Grealish’s impressive early strike had given Villa the lead, but an own goal from Villa goalkeeper Tom Heaton, which came after a Marcus Rashford header, pulled United level.
United went in front in the 64th minute courtesy of Victor Lindelof, but their lead lasted just two minutes before Mings levelled.
This week Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will either convince the doubters that they are wrong to question his position as Manchester United manager or he will prove them right once and for all and demonstrate he is not up to the task.
There are massive matches around the corner – against a Jose Mourinho-led Tottenham at Old Trafford on Wednesday before a short trip to the other side of Manchester for the derby on Saturday against City.
Each will have a bearing not only on United’s ambitions to contest the Champions League places in the Premier League – already a near-impossibility given their ninth-place vantage point after Sunday’s 2-2 home draw with Aston Villa – but on Solskjaer’s grip on power.
MATCH FACTS AND STATS
Manchester United: De Gea; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire, Williams (Shaw 79); Pereira, Fred; James, Mata (Lingard 74) Rashford; Martial (Greenwood 82)
Subs: Grant, Tuanzebe, Garner, Young
Goal: Heaton (o.g.) 42, Lindelof 64
Booked: Maguire, Fred, Williams, Shaw
Aston Villa: Heaton; Guilbert, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Douglas Luiz, Hourihane (Lansbury 81); El Ghazi (Trezeguet 18), Wesley, Grealish
Subs: Nyland, Elmohamady, Kodjia, Nakamba, Engels
Goal: Grealish 11, Mings 66
Well, it’s another disappointing draw for Manchester United as their season continues to stall. The hosts suffered another slow start, as Grealish delicately curled in a brilliant effort to put the away side in front, and it quickly could have got worse.
Grealish and Wesley both went close before Trezeguet had a tap in ruled out for offside. United improved slightly towards the interval and Heaton’s own goal from a Rashford header restored parity, even if it was against the run of play.
The second 45 was a different affair for the hosts as they finally started to create chances and stifle Villa, and they took the lead from another set-piece when Lindelof headed home at the back post.
However, Villa hit back immediately when Williams kept Mings onside to volley home after a corner was initially cleared and Man Utd had to try and find a winner all over again.
Despite a barrage of late set-pieces, Villa held their nerve and clung on to a crucial away point.