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Harry Maguire and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were left confused as to why West Brom’s opener in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw on Sunday was allowed to stand after an apparent foul.
United lost points for the fourth time in five Premier League games as the Red Devils failed to make the most of their dominance at The Hawthorns.
Bruno Fernandes scored United’s goal on the brink of halftime, leading to 38 goals for the club in as many league games, a record only beaten by Andy Cole (46) in his first 38 Premier League games.
But United couldn’t take advantage of that as they struggled to break through West Brom’s packed defense, meaning Mbaye Diagne’s early goal consigned them to another disappointing result.
But there was more than a hint of controversy surrounding Diagne’s goal, which remained despite the forward clearly hitting Victor Lindelof in the face with his hand.
0.48 – Manchester United accumulated an expected goal total (xG) of just 0.48 against West Brom, the lowest figure for any team against the WBA in the Premier League since Everton in December 2017 (0.46). Drowned. pic.twitter.com/BV8mtZSzfl
– OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 14, 2021
The situation left Maguire and Solskjaer baffled.
Maguire, who had a goal of a similar nature disallowed against Burnley, told Sky Sports: “We created a lot of chances, enough to win the game.
“It was hard for us with the goal we conceded, for us it was a foul. We played the game in its half. We can do more and improve, but it is disappointing. It was hard work against a team that defends deeply.”
Speaking to beIN SPORTS, Solskjaer added: “I’m a former striker so it’s not like I’m going to say it’s a big foul against Victor, but why did he score Harry’s goal against Burnley? back up a bit here – [get disallowed] … Where is the consistency here? There is absolutely no consistency in any of these decisions.
“If Harry’s against Burnley is a foul, it is much worse. As a forward, you say well done, because if they had taken that away from me I would have been disappointed, so what we are looking for is consistency.”
The draw put United back in second place, but they fell seven points behind leaders Manchester City, who are also one game short.