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‘It was justice’ – Kourtney Hause reacts to Bruno Fernandes penalty miss in Aston Villa’s win over Manchester United


Fernandes missed from 12 yards in the dying embers of the game (Picture: Getty Images)

Kortney Hause says Bruno Fernandes’ penalty miss during Aston Villa’s 1-0 victory over Manchester United was ‘justice’ as he didn’t think his handball should’ve been given.

Hause put Villa in front in the 88th minute when he headed in Douglas Luiz’s corner, but late in stoppage time, the defender conceded a penalty after handling the ball in the box.

Fernandes stepped up from 12 yards with the chance to earn United a last-gasp draw, but blazed his effort well over the crossbar to give Villa their first win at Old Trafford in 12 years.

Hause scored the winner for Villa late on (Picture: Getty Images)

Speaking to BBC Match of the Day after the game, Hause admitted he felt relieved when Fernandes missed, but didn’t think a penalty should’ve been given in the first place.

‘When they gave the penalty I was devastated and fuming with myself,’ Hause said.

‘Looking back I didn’t make myself any bigger. I’ve tried to bring my arms in so when Bruno blazed it over the bar I was relieved. I think it was justice in the end because I don’t think it was a penalty.

‘The rules are the rules. All we can do as players is play the game and play it well and whatever decision the referees and VAR want to give we have to get on with it.”

‘We had the better chances. We haven’t really had to defend too tough as a team but we’ve come away with the three points and that’s all that matters. We’re happy.’

On his winning goal, he added: ‘As soon as it touched my head I knew it was in and hearing the fans scream topped it off.’

United have now lost two on the bounce following their Carabao Cup defeat at the hands of West Ham in midweek.

Next up, they face Villarreal in the Champions League, before hosting Everton in the Premier League next Saturday.


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