Ex-Premier League referee: Telles 'guilty' as controversial Man United image emerges
Man City should have been awarded a penalty kick in their comfortable 2-0 victory over Man United, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed Alex Telles’ challenge on Gabriel Jesus in the closing stages should have been penalised.
Jesus tried to wriggle past the Man United defender before he was chopped down and brought to the ground.
Michael Oliver waved away any appeals for a penalty from just outside the area.
“When I saw that, I thought immediately it was a penalty kick,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“The indication was when the player almost immediately put his hands up, it’s almost an indication of ‘I’m guilty of doing something’.
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“He caught him, he effectively caught his standing foot.
“This is a careless challenge and a free-kick would have been awarded [outside the box] so, for me, that should have been a penalty kick.
“The one thing in the referee’s favour was how close he was to the incident and he had a clear view of it.
“I didn’t see the Manchester City player taking a dive or faking a challenge, the two came together.
“It was the swinging leg of the Man United player which showed it should have been a penalty kick.”
With just two minutes on the clock, Man City were able to comfortably see out a 2-0 win at Old Trafford after the penalty appeal.
The win puts them second, three points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea who were held to a draw by Burnley at the weekend.