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Young 'got away with it' - McLeish

Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish stopped short of condemning Ashley Young for his conduct at Old Trafford on Sunday, but did claim the Manchester United winger "got away with one" to set up the Red Devils' 4-0 win.

Seven days after Young got himself embroiled in one spot-kick argument when he went down very easily under a challenge from QPR midfielder Shaun Derry, he was back in the firing line for falling under minimal contact from Ciaran Clark.

Villa teenager Samir Carruthers was booked for diving at Anfield last week when TV replays indicated he had been fouled by Daniel Agger, and McLeish said: "It's a debate that comes up every now and again. Our kid got booked last week and Ashley got away with it this week."

He added: "How does a ref know when he has dived? Ashley got away with that one today when he put his foot into Ciaran.

"It is hard to say to the ref that he totally got it wrong because it is a split-second. But I didn't think it was a penalty.

"Ashley threw his leg into Ciaran Clark's leg and Ciaran was static. He planted his feet firmly on the ground. He then tries to pull his leg away.

"Some other people may disagree but I felt it was a very soft decision."

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