Ex-Premier League referee: Man United victims of major injustice as controversial Alejandro Garnacho footage analysed
Man United should have had a penalty in their 2-1 win over Fulham on Sunday (13 November), according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed Bobby Decordova-Reid’s “striker’s challenge” on Alejandro Garnacho should have been punished.
As shown on the BBC’s Match of the Day 2 programme, Garnacho was brought down by Decordova-Reid late on in the second half with referee Paul Tierney well positioned just behind the incident.
The 18-year-old had just entered the pitch after being substituted on for Anthony Martial and eventually scored the winner in stoppage time.
He now has two goals and four assists in his last four senior appearances across all competitions for Man United.
As quoted by BBC Sport after the game, Erik ten Hag admitted the World Cup break is “dangerous” for the Argentina youth international because he could “lose focus”.
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“I think they deserved a penalty,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“I think this is a careless challenge and knows exactly what he’s doing. Ok, he’s looking at the ball but where he’s put his foot, it’s a tight call.
“The referee, in fairness to him, looks to be in a reasonable position but for me, that’s a penalty kick.
“It was a striker’s challenge.”
Garnacho is highly-rated at Man United but his attitude during pre-season was questioned by both Ten Hag and Bruno Fernandes.
The Spain-born ace has now played 10 senior games for the club but is out of contract at the end of the season.