Manchester United have thanked David de Gea for sealing a late win over West Ham. He held out an injury-time Mark Noble penalty to secure a 2-1 win.
It was not denied that Luke Shaw handled the ball in the penalty area. 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 shot in the box by Kurt Zouma, and referee Martin Atkinson ruled that no action should be taken.
It was Ronaldo’s third penalty call, and the previous two probably worked against him. The latter was bizarre not to give.
Former Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger watched the match and while enjoying the entertaining end, he said he felt Ronaldo was being pushed hard by.
Solskjaer not happy
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was not happy with the referee calls at London Stadium.
The Gea’s penalty save meant this was ultimately not a big deal as it could have been, but the striker still seemed to have been treated unfairly.
Solskjaer told the club website: “I will be careful with what I say, but you have to ask yourself what he has to do to get a penalty.
‘It’s frustrating, but they have to look at it. There are two clear penalties. I think they are stones. You can not even plead against them. First, he sticks his foot out and Ronaldo runs straight and gets offended.
“Lastly, Paul had a foul against him on Zouma when he did not touch him, but he went over him. Why is Cristiano not? Hopefully it will not be that he never gets a penalty. ”
We do not stay close to knowing who will take a penalty between Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo. It probably won’t take too long until we figure it out.
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