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Fernandes drilled his 11th league goal this season. Scoring a penalty that extended United’s hold over Villa after 61 minutes in the game.

The spot-kick award angered Aston Villa manager Dean Smith who claimed Pogba “tripped himself” and that the video assistant referee should have asked on-pitch official Michael Oliver to review his decision.

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith told BBC Sport:¬†“I wasn’t happy with the first half. We were miles off the levels where we have been. It felt like a testimonial pace then they deservedly had the lead at half-time. I told the players we needed to be upping our levels.

“We competed a lot better [in the second half], showed more quality and created chances. I’d take the second-half performance all day long. A dubious penalty has lost us the game.

“When you look at our performances and results, it shows we are very competitive in this league now, which is what we wanted it to be.”

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