Man Utd vs West Brom: Referee under fire for overturning penalty

Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has criticized referee David Coote for overturning his decision to award West Brom a penalty, as they lost 1-0 to the Red Devils on Saturday.

It was United’s first victory at home in the Premier League this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men needed a retaken penalty in the second-half to see off the Baggies.

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However, with the game still 0-0, the visitors were awarded a penalty for Fernandes’ challenge on Conor Gallagher in the box.

But following advice from VAR, Coote checked his pitch-side monitor and changed his mind.

United then earned a penalty for themselves after Semi Ajayi’s handball. Fernandes’ spot-kick was saved by Sam Johnstone, but it was forced to be retaken with the Baggies goalkeeper clearly off his line.

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Fernandes scored his second effort, handing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side all three points at Old Trafford.

“It’s a disgraceful decision, he got it right first time,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.

“He’s gone there looking at it [the screen]. How do you actually go against the decision that you made initially when you’re looking at it again in slow motion?

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“The more you look at it the more it’s a pen.”

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