By Harvey Byrne
Former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher believes there is “no doubt” that Tottenham should have had a penalty against Manchester United on Sunday.
The north London side fell to a 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford with Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first half strike proving decisive.
However, the match was not without some controversy and in the first half Victor Wanyama had a penalty shout turned down after grappling with Marcos Rojo at a corner.
The decision proved to be a key one at full time, as the spot kick could have earned Spurs a point away at the famous ground.
Gallagher firmly believed that referee Robert Madley got the call wrong, stating that it should have been a penalty
“If it’s seen it’s a penalty,” stated Gallagher on Monday afternoon’s Sky Sports News during the ‘Ref Watch’ segment. “There’s no doubt about it, it’s ironic because he (Rojo) had done it just before this incident and it happens.
“There was a lot going on in this game, it happens and as you see here he quite clearly grabbed his (Wanyama) shirt and he stops him going forward. That’s what the forwards don’t like, the fact they can’t get to the ball. It’s the fact their movement’s stopped, which stops them making any progress whatsoever.”
The defeat on Sunday has left Tottenham in fifth place, three points behind Manchester City in fourth, who suffered a 4-2 defeat against Leicester on Saturday.
Spurs will be eager to improve on last season’s third placed finish and they will also be playing in the Europa League this season after being knocked out of the Champions League group stage.
Fans will be aware that the club managed their high place while also playing in Eruope’s second competition in the last campaign and they will be keen for the club to do the same.
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