Match of the Day pundits Alan Shearer and Dion Dublin say West Ham United were denied a blatant game-changing penalty against Manchester United.
Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Portuguese Olympic diving hopeful Cristiano Ronaldo have been crying over Manchester United’s penalty claims.
That’s despite replays showing Ronaldo – nicknamed Penaldo by football fans – initiated contact on Hammers defender Vladimir Coufal and had already dived before Kurt Zouma had even slid in.
West Ham had taken the lead through Said Benrahma before Ronaldo equalised soon after.
West Ham hearts were broken in the 89th minute when former hero Jesse Lingard struck an 89th minute winner.
But not before late – and high – drama when David Moyes brought on Mark Noble to take West Ham’s 93rd minute penalty which was saved by David de Gea.
The game had been delicately poised before Man United got their late goal.
And Shearer and Dublin pointed out that Solskjaer’s Man United were lucky to get away with what WAS a ‘blatant’ penalty at 1-1 when Aaron Wan-Bissaka wiped out Tomas Soucek following a slide rule pass from Said Benrahma.
“Well he’s (Soucek) not offside,” Shearer said on MOTD2.
“It’s the most blatant penalty that you’re ever going to see I think. Just watch here Wan-Bissaka on Soucek, he absolutely wipes him out.”
Dublin added: “We were confused as to why the referee had stopped it. We thought ‘Oh it’s got to be offside’. But the referee gave a free-kick AGAINST Soucek.”
Shearer added: “Martin Atkinson and Darren England (on) the VAR have had a poor day.”
New season same old big club bias it seems.
West Ham were barely given anything all game by the officials who clearly favoured the Red Devils throughout.
Perhaps Solskjaer needs to be thankful for the decisions and slices of luck which are keeping in a job at the biggest club in the world than moaning about phantom penalties when his players have dived.
To his credit, the baby-faced whinger has learned a lot from Sir Alex Ferguson when it comes to deflection tactics.
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