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Maguire fumes over decision to overturn penalty in West Brom stalemate

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Referee Craig Pawson had awarded the Red Devils a penalty only to later change his mind on close inspection on the pitch-side monitor.


Harry Maguire has expressed his disapproval at the referee’s decision to overturn a penalty for Manchester United in the match against West Brom on Sunday.

Manchester United lost more ground in the Premier League title race after playing out a 1-1 draw against West Brom.

Midway through the second-half, Maguire was seen tumbling down inside the opposition penalty area under a challenge from Semi Ajayi.


The referee initially pointed straight to the spot but overturned the penalty decision after a VAR review of the incident, ruling that there was minimal contact on Maguire by Ajayi.

“I was so certain it was a penalty. I don’t understand why he’s been sent to check it,” Maguire told Sky Sports after the full-time whistle.

“I’m goalside of the defender, I feel a touch on my shoulder, he’s pulling me back, and then I feel a clip on my heels as well. It was minimal, but it’s a penalty, especially after the referee points to the spot you think there’s no chance it’s getting overturned.


“I was so confident it was going to be given, but it seems like the decisions at the moment are going against us. We can’t be relying on VAR though, we huffed and puffed and have to improve.”