Man United set new Premier League record, awarded 13 penalties this season

Man United set new Premier League record, awarded 13 penalties this season

- Man United are now the team with the most penalties in a Premier League season

- The Red Devils were awarded their 13th spot-kick of the season against Aston Villa

- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men increase the unbeaten streak to 16 in all competitions

Man United broke the Premier League record of most penalties awarded to a team in a single season when Bruno Fernandes converted his controversial spot-kick against Aston Villa.

The penalty was United's 13th of the season and no team have ever reached that figure in terms of taking a spot-kick from nine-yards during a campaign.

Villa were firmly in contention to earn at least a point in the match until Ezri Konza was adjudged to have fouled Fernandes in the box despite the VAR team checking the incident.

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But that did not bother the Portuguese star as he took the penalty and sent Pepe Rena the wrong to put his side in the lead in the 27th minute.

From that point on, the Red Devils took control of the game and Mason Greenwood doubled the advantage just before half time.

Paul Pogba sealed the win in the 58th minute to put United in strong contention for a Premier League top-four finish.

Man United set new Premier League record, score 13 penalties this season. Photo Credit: Getty Images
Man United set new Premier League record, score 13 penalties this season
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men are on the run of 16 matches unbeaten streak as they remain in top form to win the FA Cup, the Europa League and book their place in next season's Champions League.

United were also awarded a penalty in their last match against Bournemouth at Old Trafford and Fernandes continued his remarkable form since his January move from Sporting Lisbon.

However, Villa will be fuming over the contentious decision made by referee Jon Moss as their battle for relegation deepens.

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Robin van Persie believes the next winner of the Ballon d'Or award should not come from either Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

The former Man United striker wants Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski to win the coveted award with Man City's Kevin De Bruyne and Liverpool's Sadio Mane in the top three.

If Van Persie's predictions come to pass, it would be the first time since 2006 that neither Messi nor Ronaldo finished in the top three. also reported that Paul Pogba has aimed a slight dig at Josh King after the Bournemouth striker pulled his shirt during Man United's 5-2 win at Old Trafford.

The Frenchman and the Norwegian striker were teammates in the Red Devils academy a few years back before going their separate ways in 2012.

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United continued their unbeaten run in all competitions after they outclassed relegation-threatened Bournemouth in their Premier League fixture over the weekend.

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