Rio Ferdinand blasted the decision to overturn a penalty awarded to West Bromwich Albion as the Baggies fell in a 1-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
Slaven Bilic’s side made United work for all three points with a penalty taken over from Bruno Fernandes the difference in a game where former United Man Sam Johnstone dazzled between the sticks for the visitors.
But the Baggies will leave Old Trafford feeling tough as they were denied what appeared to be a clean kick after Fernandes knocked down Conor Gallagher just after half-time.
Rio Ferdinand slammed the decision to overturn a West Brom penalty on Saturday
Bruno Fernandes was in the thick of the action as United beat Albion 1-0 at Old Trafford
Referee David Coote was advised to refer to the field side monitor and review his decision and determined that the appeal should be quashed.
The incident was all the more damaging as moments later United received their own kick, which turned out to be the difference on Saturday night.
And Ferdinand criticized the decision to waive the penalty, insisting that the important reversal had a major impact on the outcome of the game.
“It’s a shameful decision. said the United legend on BT Sport.
“He got it right the first time. It’s a nailed down penalty. How can he go against his own decision on this?
“The game was caught right under West Brom’s noses. It was so clear.
The Portuguese appear to have fouled Conor Gallagher and David Coote awarded a penalty
But VAR advised to review the decision and Coote quashed the appeal for the Baggies
Former referee Peter Walton couldn’t justify Coote’s decision to overturn his own decision.
“I didn’t think there was a clear and obvious mistake,” he told BT Sport.
“I don’t think the VAR should have gotten involved. By asking the referee to go to the field side monitor, they deduce that he made a mistake.
As has been the case in most games since joining Sporting Lisbon in January, Fernandes was right in the middle of the action as United collected their first three points at home in the league this season.
The 25-year-old gave his take on the game’s three key moments – his incident with Gallagher, the missed kick saved by Johnstone and the penalty retaken.
United went on to win all three points in an under-par performance on Saturday night
The win over West Brom is United’s first three points for home in the league this season
“I felt from the first moment that I had touched the ball,” he said. “What I felt was that I first touched the ball, then the player.
“I scored the second, but I have to score the first. The three points are the most important. I think we will do a lot better and we will.
“It’s really important for us to win this game because we need points in the league. We create a lot, but I think we can do a lot better.