Sunday, 22 November 2020 09:22

Staff Reporter.

Manchester United were aided by a controversial penalty decision from referee David Coote as they edged past West Brom with a 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.

In a dramatic start to the second half, Coote pointed to the spot having adjudged Bruno Fernandes to have brought down Conor Gallagher. However, despite there appearing to be clear contact, the decision was overturned by Coote after he watched the incident on the pitchside monitor at the advice of VAR.

It was a decision which left West Brom boss Slaven Bilic bemused, while Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his side got lucky.

"I'm very disappointed with the decision," Bilic said. "I've watched it a few times now, for me it's a penalty on Conor Gallagher, it's a clear penalty. I don't understand why he overturned it."

Solskjaer added: "I looked at a penalty this afternoon in the Aston Villa vs Brighton game, and there's contact on the ball and then the man. In my head it might be a penalty. Maybe here we're a tad lucky but none of them are given. Maybe the rules are different to how I interpret them."

Moments after the first penalty incident, Coote pointed to the spot at the other end as Juan Mata's cross hit Darnell Furlong's hand. This penalty decision stood and Sam Johnstone thought he was the hero for West Brom after saving Fernandes' spot-kick.

However, the visitors' celebrations were cut short as the goalkeeper, who made a number of fantastic saves during the match, had strayed well off his line, with the VAR ordering a retake that Fernandes lashed into the top left-hand corner.

It proved to be the winning goal for Solskjaer's side, who moved up to ninth in the table with their first home league win of the season, while West Brom stay 18th.

Premier League Remaining Fixtures:

Sunday,22 November.

Fulham vs Everton (12:00).

Sheffield United vs West Ham (14:00).

Leeds vs Arsenal (16:30).

Liverpool vs Leicester (19:15).

Monday,23 November.

Burnley vs Crystal Palace (17:30).

Wolves vs Southampton (20:00).