Patrice Evra has admitted Aston Villa were unfortunate to be on the wrong end of controversial penalty call against Jon Moss.
Villa had a brilliant start to the game as Trezeguet hit the post, but Moss pointed to the spot at the other end, and all those in claret and blue were left raging - it even survived a VAR check. Konsa was adjudged to have fouled Bruno Fernandes inside the area, though replays suggested that, if anything, the Portuguese midfielder actually caught the Villa defender and a free-kick to the hosts might’ve been the correct call.
Needless to say, despite Villa’s protests, Fernandes dusted himself off and dispatched the penalty with ease. United would go on to double their lead through Mason Greenwood before half time, but Evra - also formerly of West Ham - could perfectly understand Villa’s frustrations.
"It’s not a penalty for me. I would say that the defender is being a little bit clumsy. His right leg, he’s trying to stop Bruno Fernandes and that’s why he made the mistake," Evra told Sky Sports.
"I feel as though Bruno Fernandes went into his leg, that’s why they gave the penalty. If you look at the replay, Bruno goes with the ball and is stopped by the leg - and it’s too late. I think it shouldn’t be a penalty."
Roy Keane comments
"I can see why the referee has given it, but it’s harsh. Sometimes I think you need to be punished for being clumsy. He should’ve stopped quicker. It’s clever from Fernandes.
"Fernandes has got the momentum so he was going to be given the benefit of the doubt. It’s tough on Villa."