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Hughton: United winner should not have stood

Chris Hughton bemoaned the "little bit of fortune" which went Manchester United's way at Old Trafford.

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26 Nov 2017, 00:05 IST
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Brighton manager Chris Hughton.

Brighton and Hove Albion boss Chris Hughton believes the corner that led to Manchester United's winner on Saturday should not have been awarded.

Lewis Dunk deflected Ashley Young's effort into his own net after the winger fired a half-clearance back on goal in the 66th minute.

But debate surrounded the referee's decision to give the corner in the first place after the ball appeared to come off Romelu Lukaku before running out of play.

Hughton felt the incident denied the visitors a merited point.

"Sometimes the margins can be that little bit of brilliance or that little bit of fortune and it very much was that," Hughton told the BBC.

"[The] two most disappointing things are we got into some good positions and we needed to make more of them, and the goal itself.

"My view at the time [was] it wasn't a corner. Having seen it again, it wasn't a corner.

"In a tight affair we were good value and I’m really disappointed not to come away with anything."

Despite the defeat, Hughton was encouraged by what he has seen from his side against the Red Devils and fellow heavyweights Manchester City and Arsenal.

"We've played three of the big six. We've been in all three games and we haven't been humiliated in any of them," he said.

"That will go some way with confidence in the changing room."

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