Alex McLeish bemoans "soft penalty"

Alex McLeish
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Alex McLeish believes that his Aston Villa side were unfortunate to concede a penalty against Manchester United earlier today.

Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish believes that his side were unfortunate to concede a penalty against Manchester United earlier today.

Referee Mark Halsey made the decision after United winger Ashley Young went down under a challenge from Ciaran Clark.

Wayne Rooney converted the chance from 12 yards and the Red Devils went on to win the encounter 4-0.

However, McLeish believes that his player was the innocent party in the incident that set United on their way to victory.

"It was a soft penalty because Ciaran Clark has tried to pull his foot away and Ashley Young has gone looking for his leg," McLeish told BBC Sport. "He won a penalty that I don't think it was derserved."

The loss has left Villa 15th in the Premier League table.

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