Manchester United have David de Gea to thank for sealing a late win over West Ham. He kept out an injury time Mark Noble penalty to secure a 2-1 win.
There was no denying Luke Shaw handled the ball inside the penalty box. But what made the spot-kick award so annoying was that United should have had one at the other end a minute earlier.
Cristiano Ronaldo was scythed down inside the box by Kurt Zouma, and referee Martin Atkinson decided no action should be taken.
It was the third penalty call Ronaldo had, and the earlier two probably worked against him. The final one was bizarre not to give.
Former Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger watched the game and while he enjoyed the entertaining end, he said he felt Ronaldo was hard done by.
Solskjaer not happy
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not happy with the refereeing calls at the London Stadium.
De Gea’s penalty save meant this ultimately was not a big a deal as it could have been, but the forward still seemed unfairly treated.
Solskjaer told the club website: “I’m going to be careful with what I’m saying, but you’ve got to be wondering what’s he’s got to do to get a penalty.
“It’s frustrating but they’ve got to look at it. It’s two clear penalties. I think they’re stonewall. You can’t even argue against them. The first one, he puts his foot out and Ronaldo runs straight and is fouled.
“The last one, Paul had a foul against him on Zouma when he didn’t touch him but he went over him. Why is Cristiano’s not? Hopefully it won’t be that he’s never going to get a penalty.”
We remain no closer to knowing who will take a penalty between Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo. It probably won’t be too much longer until we find out.
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