Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes disagree over Man Utd vs West Brom incident

Manchester United beat West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday but there was more controversy to discuss after the match.

Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes disagreed over whether it was clear that a West Brom penalty should have been overturned against the Red Devils.

The game burst into a life after a low-key first half.

Bruno Fernandes was adjudged to have fouled West Brom’s Conor Gallagher in the penalty area by David Coote, but after being told to review the decision on the pitch side monitor he changed his mind.

It could be argued that Fernandes had made some contact with the ball — but nothing sufficient.

United won a penalty of their own minutes later, which had to be retaken before Bruno Fernandes put his second attempt past Sam Johnstone.

Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Ferdinand took aim at Coote’s decision to overturn his initial call to award West Brom a penalty (via MEN): “It’s a disgraceful decision, he got it right the first time around. He’s gone there, looked at it, how do you actually go against the decision you’ve made initially when you’re looking at it closely?

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

He added: “It’s plain and simple to see. You’ve got to look at it from a West Brom point of view as well, they’ve come here and been tight, kept to their gameplay and been solid.

“They (West Brom) are looking for little opportunities in a game like that, they get one and it gets taken from them.

“It’s unbelievable. If it was a decision where you had to go to VAR as you couldn’t really see it or didn’t understand if it was the right decision, but that was so clear. That’s not what VAR is for.”

Scholes, however, argued the decision was not as clear cut as Ferdinand was making out.

“I’ve seen it about 50 times, I still can’t make my mind up on it,” he said. “I know it does look like a little bit of shin on shin but it does look like he touches the ball a little bit as well.

“From another angle, you can see Bruno’s reaction to go and complain to the referee straight away saying he never fouled him.

“We’d all do that, of course, but I don’t think it’s totally conclusive… I’m not sure it’s that clear.”

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