By Keith Hackett

30th Aug, 2021 | 5:00pm

Hackett hits back as Neves fumes over Wolves controversy

Ruben Neves was wrong to suggest Mike Dean allowed Man United’s goal against Wolves to stand because of last week’s controversy at Southampton.

That is according to ex-FIFA and Premier League referee Keith Hackett, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after United beat Wolves thanks to Mason Greenwood’s controversial strike.

Paul Pogba and Neves challenged for a loose ball in the build up to the goal and Wolves were adamant he had been fouled.

However, Mike Dean allowed play to continue and VAR did not overturn his decision which means Wolves are now winless and goalless in their opening three Premier League games.

United were on the wrong end of a similar decision last week in the build up to Southampton’s goal in the 1-1 draw.

As quoted by the Daily Mail, Solskjaer said after the game there was a danger the Premier League could turn into rugby.

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Neves suggested to Sky Sports on Sunday he felt Dean may have been trying to make amends for last week’s goal.

Asked whether the United boss’ comments would have influenced Dean, Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “No.

“One of the things that the referee does within a game and from game to game is park situations. You cannot dwell on them.

“He’s come into that game pretty fresh. Yes, he’s prepared but he’s not carrying the baggage of the previous week.

“Often, you will not even read what is said in the media or the press.

“He’ll be out playing a game of golf or in the case of Mike Dean, he’s watching Tranmere Rovers.

“I don’t take that on board. It’s a discussion about the judgement on the day.

“Mike Dean, we have to recognise first of all that he has a reputation to card quickly and he didn’t do that in this game. He was managing it effectively.

“He was then faced with a critical decision which was wrong.”

In other news, a Wolves player has agreed a new contract.