Dean Smith was astounded VAR didn’t overturn the penalty awarded to Manchester United which set the Pink Devils on their strategy to a powerful 3-Zero defeat of Aston Villa.
The relegation contenders misplaced once more on Thursday evening to stay 4 factors from security with solely 4 matches remaining, with Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood and Paul Pogba all netting to safe United a helpful victory as they chase a high 4 end.
It’s laborious to disclaim the guests deserved their win at Villa Park, however the method of Fernandes’ opening purpose leaves a bitter style within the mouth.
Referee Jon Moss referred to as for a penalty to United when Fernandes went down within the space after clashing with Ezri Konsa, and, naturally, the choice was referred to VAR.
However whereas viewers at residence largely agreed the choice needs to be overturned, Moss’ preliminary name was adjudged to be right and the penalty stood.
This was regardless of replays showing to indicate Fernandes collapsing onto Konsa and truly stamping on the Villa defender’s leg – implying he was the aggressor, not the sufferer, on this problem.
And Villa boss Smith believes his aspect have been laborious finished by given United solely began gaining a foothold within the sport after Fernandes transformed the ensuing spot-kick.
“It unravelled with the primary purpose, I believe,” he informed Sky Sports activities. “I believe we made a very vibrant begin to the sport, put them below strain, took possibilities; Trez has hit the put up.
“They’re a high quality staff that can at all times be a menace on the counter due to the tempo they’ve obtained and the standard they’ve obtained.
“It’s all modified round on the penalty determination.
“I can perceive Jon [Moss] getting it improper but when that goes to VAR, I don’t know what they’re taking a look at. It’s a disgraceful determination.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the United supervisor, made it clear that he disagreed with Smith’s opinion on the penalty.
“I don’t assume so,” he mentioned in his press convention. “I believe the boy, he’s finished a Zidane flip and the boy has caught his leg out and Bruno has landed on him.
“If I attempt to bounce away from somebody and I land on somebody as they attempt to sort out me, it’s a penalty so for me it’s a pen.”
It was one other nice evening for United however the Norwegian needed much more from his free-scoring aspect.
“I believe we may have scored many, many extra objectives and we’re conserving clear sheets,” Solskjaer added. “However, after all, we maintain simply going into each sport eager to win. If you happen to win 1-0, 2-Zero or 3-0, it doesn’t matter if we get the factors.
“Hopefully the purpose distinction gained’t be the deciding issue in the long run as a result of we must always have had 10 extra objectives the final two video games.”