Paul Robinson claimed the penalty which lead to Manchester United’s equaliser against Tottenham was “really soft” but insisted he has no sympathy for Eric Dier.
The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, pointed the finger at the 26-year-old for his “poor defending” that gave Paul Pogba the option to go down and the referee a decision to make.
Spurs took the lead mid-way through the first half through Steven Bergwijn and looked destined to make a winning return to the Premier League on Friday night.
However, with nine minutes to play, second-half substitute Pogba wriggled past Dier and the centre-half was adjudged to have pushed the France international after he entered the box.
Bruno Fernandes was entrusted with bringing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side level from the spot and he duly obliged – sending Hugo Lloris the wrong way.
When asked by Football Insider if the penalty decision was harsh on the Lilywhites, Robinson said: “It is poor defending from Eric Dier.
“He has let Pogba get the wrong side of him and then leaned on him. It has given the referee the option to give a penalty.
“Tottenham will think it is soft but Eric Dier has done enough.
“It has gone to VAR but there is not enough evidence to overrule it even though it is really soft.
“You can see why the ref has given it and it has to be clear and obvious to overturn it. He did slightly push him.
“On the flip side if it had not been given as a penalty, VAR would not have overturned it. It has to be fact to overturn it.
“But it is bad defending from Eric Dier in the first place.”
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