Michael Carrick oversaw his first Premier League game as caretaker manager of Manchester United on Sunday evening, with his side claiming a valuable point against the league leaders.
The draw arrested United’s run of consecutive defeats but they will count themselves unlucky to not have won the game, having taken the lead in the second half through Jadon Sancho.
It looked like Carrick’s game-plan had worked to perfection but with roughly 20 minutes left to play, Chelsea were offered a lifeline.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka was deemed to have kicked Thiago Silva after a corner but Carrick has disagreed with the decision taken by Anthony Taylor in his post-match interview.
🗣 "I don't think it was a penalty."
Michael Carrick says the penalty incident unfairly took away all three points from Man United pic.twitter.com/76xl15owRx
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) November 28, 2021
“I don’t think it was a penalty,” he told Sky Sports after the game, via Football Daily. “They’ve obviously had a lot of play and they’ve had shots. David’s had probably two saves, which I kind of knew before the game that at some he’s gonna have to make one or two for us.
“But other than that, I felt quite comfortable in the game, I have to say. Of course, we want to be better in terms of having the ball and possession.
“I’m not carried away, that was a fantastic all-around performance but I thought we defended ever so well. I thought the attitude was absolute top from the boys, putting bodies on the line when we had to.
“Sticking together, working back and tracking back. We’ve obviously got to do the other side a little bit better but I can’t fault the boys one bit from today.”
SN’s verdict on the controversial penalty decision…
It’s one of those where if the referee doesn’t give it on the pitch, the VAR probably doesn’t overturn it. United were unlucky to have the win snatched away from them but ultimately, they can’t have any complaints about the result.
The penalty was unfortunate but Wan-Bissaka didn’t check his surroundings and undeniably made contact with Thiago Silva. The penalty was given and once that happens, it’s not going to be overturend.
De Gea has already saved two penalties this season and the Spaniard probably would have backed himself to make that three this evening but unfortunately, Jorginho calmly sent him the wrong way.