Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has described the penalty awarded to Manchester United during his side's 3-0 home defeat as a "disgraceful decision".

The result leaves the Birmingham-based club four points from safety with four Premier League games to go.

Villa had edged the first 20 minutes with Trezeguet hitting the post, before Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes went down under Ezri Konsa's challenge just inside the box, with Jon Moss immediately awarding  a penalty kick.

Despite a VAR review, the decision stood and Fernandes rolled in the spot-kick to put United in front. 

Dean Smith (L) with Manchester United counterpart Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Speaking to Sky Sports at full-time, Smith criticised the decision and felt it turned the game.

"It unravelled with the first goal, I think. I think we made a really bright start to the game, put them under pressure, took chances. Trez has hit the post," he said.

"They're a quality team that will always be a threat on the counter because of the pace they've got and the quality they've got. It's all changed around on the penalty decision.

"I can understand Jon getting it wrong but if that goes to VAR, I don't know what they're looking at. It's a disgraceful decision."

Man United counterpart Solskjaer disagreed with Smith's opinion on the penalty.

"I don't think so," he said in the press conference. "I think the boy, he's done a Zidane turn and the boy has stuck his leg out and Bruno has landed on him.

"If I try to jump away from someone and I land on someone as they try to tackle me, it's a penalty so for me it's a pen."

It was another great night for United but the Norwegian wanted even more from his free-scoring side.

"I think we could have scored many, many more goals and we're keeping clean sheets," Solskjaer added.

"But, of course, we keep just going into every game wanting to win. If you win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0, it doesn't matter if we get the points.

"Hopefully the goal difference won't be the deciding factor in the end because we should have had 10 more goals the last two games."