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Emiliano Martínez took to the social media site Twitter to express his reaction to the Paul Pogba penalty incident after Aston Villa lost 2-1 to Manchester United on Friday night at Old Trafford.
Anthony Martial gave United the lead before the break with a crouched header. In the second half, Bertrand Traore restored parity with a quiet finish.
However, in the 61st minute, Bruno Fernandes scored from the penalty spot to punish Douglas Luiz’s clip on Paul Pogba.
It was a controversial decision, to be sure, and multiple replays suggested there was no minimal contact / touch from Luiz on Pogba. However, after close control by the VAR, United received the penalty.
Martinez, Arsenal’s summer signing, took to Twitter to express his reaction after the game.
Highlights of the game 😡 https://t.co/GZZJhCOsMs
– Emi Martínez (@ emimartinezz1) January 1, 2021
Villa’s boss Dean Smith was also frustrated with the decision. He claimed that Pogba “tripped” and that the video assistant referee should have asked the on-court official Michael Oliver to review his decision.
The visitors were unlucky not to have left Old Trafford with at least one point from such an entertaining game. Martinez was simply outstanding on the night for Villa, as he made some crucial saves.
Fernandes has already scored his eleventh goal of the season, of which five have come from the penalty spot.
In fact, since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was named two years ago, the Red Devils have won 27 sanctions in the Premier League and 42 in all competitions.
Villa remains sixth in the league standings with 26 points, three points behind fourth-placed Everton, having played one game less.