In life, three things are certain death, taxes, and Manchester United getting a penalty. Since Ole Gunnar Solskjear took over on a permanent basis, the Red Devils have been awarded penalty after penalty. Many opposition fans are extremely unhappy about it, and they have often expressed their anger on social media regarding this.
Though some have been clear cut penalties, there have been many times when United have been given a penalty controversially. There have been times when the contact has been genuine but there have been many times when United players have clearly dived to win a penalty. In their first game of the year, Manchester United welcomed Aston Villa at home.
There were no surprises as United won the game courtesy of a Burno Fernandes penalty. The Red Devils opened the scoring through Anthony Martial. The visitors leveled with Bertrand Traoré with Jack Grealish being the provider. The Red Devils were awarded a penalty after Paul Pogba tripped himself inside the box. After a VAR check, the penalty was confirmed.
The game ended with United winning 2-1. This meant that they are now level on points with Liverpool who are at the top of the table. However many people were not happy with the result. Aston Villa midfielder Douglas Luiz tweeted about the controversial penalty. Even Aston Villa manager Dean Smith was not happy with the decision.
Douglas Luiz’s tweet on Penalty Controversy
Luiz said, “If we have VAR to help, LET’S start using it CORRECTLY, these mistakes can define the future of clubs!”. Aston Villa seems to have become the victim of the utmost repugnant decision by English referees when Manchester United are involved. Though referees are human and they can make mistakes but so many decisions by English referees are absolutely shocking.
People on youtube are actually making money by showing how unqualified these English referees are. Last season, Burno Fernandes actually fouled an Aston Villa player but even after a VAR check, it was Manchester United who was awarded a penalty. This season, a United player trips himself inside the box, and United are awarded a penalty.
Though the Red Devils have a glorious history, they also have a controversial history of influencing referees. The list can go on and on if one starts to collect a dollar for every controversial decision that goes in United favor, one would be swimming in cash only in a year. Even this season, in the game against Chelsea, Maguire clearly grouped Azpilicuetta during a free kick, referees didn’t even bother to check it on VAR.
With that penalty decision being clearly wrong, it just made it difficult for Aston Villa to probably win the game. If the correct decision would have been taken, the score would have been level and the visitors would have had an equal chance of winning a game. However, it looks like the dreadful referees can’t just watch it and use everything in their power to ruin it.
Questions raised on English Referee yet Again
A referee is supposed to be the one who has to administer the game. He is supposed to be impartial, however, with the English referees, it is just ironic. If irony was a real person, it would have shot itself and died a thousand deaths, just by looking at the decision making of English referees. There is no iota of a doubt that these people are not good enough.
In 2018, Arsene Wenger said that no English referee has been selected to administer a game in the world cup. It should have been the wake-up call for the FA, given that it is considered to be the best league in the world but clearly it has the worst referees. With the level of Premier League, one would expect referees to be in the World Cup as well but there was none.
It is actually very shameful for English football. There have been numerous instances where they have gotten their decisions very wrong. Till then refs had people’s sympathy because there was no VAR. However, VAR has only exposed how unqualified these people actually are. Their asinine decisions have cost clubs relegation and chances to play in European football.
Graeme Souness also said that it is impossible for a person to get a wrong decision with the technology they have at Stockley Park. However, the English refs seem to have taken an oath to astonish everyone with their howlers. The Paul Pogba penalty decision is just one of many, perhaps more voices from players like Luiz may bring in a change.