Slaven Bilic smokes on VAR penalty decision while West Brom suffers a painful defeat against Manchester United
‘I felt it was little West Brom and the big decisions went against us’: Slaven Bilic smokes in VAR penalty decision while West Brom suffers a painful defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford
Slaven Bilic saw his side suffer a double penalty frustration at Old Trafford as Manchester United recorded their first home league win of the campaign thanks to a penalty kick from Bruno Fernandes.
Albion, looking for their first win since last summer’s promotion, received a penalty of their own shortly after the restart after Fernandes Conor Gallagher appeared to be tripping.
But after awarding it, referee David Coote turned himself over after reviewing the incident on the monitor at the side of the field.
Slaven Bilic cheated on his West Brom side’s misfortune after losing to Man United
A renewed penalty kick from Bruno Fernandes was the difference, as the Red Devils won 1-0 on Saturday
To add to the injustice – in West Brom’s eyes – Coote soon gave United the decisive penalty kick after a handball by Darnell Furlong, although reps suggested Bilic was right in claiming that Gallagher had been fouled by Fred in the run-up to Juan Mata’s cross.
The fact that goalkeeper Sam Johnstone saved Fernandes’ first kick, only for Coote to have him repeat for going off his line, only angered Bilic more.
“We got into the second half and they got a little nervous,” he said. ‘They wanted to score and got a bit stretched and suddenly we have a chance.
But Albion was denied a penalty after Fernandes appeared to take Conor Gallagher down
Referee David Coote reversed his decision on the field after consultation with the pitchside monitor
‘But instead of hopefully leading 1-0, the penalty will not be given and, it is not even 0-0, we are one behind. That actually kills you in every game, even in the championship it’s hard to come back from that, let alone at Man United.
‘Nothing personal, but I am very disappointed with the VAR. I felt that it was little West Brom and that the big decisions were against us.
“It was a penalty for Conor Gallagher and I was very disappointed that he turned that around and then it was a foul on us for their penalty.”
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer initially agreed that his side had been lucky enough to escape the decision against them, which came just 50 seconds in the second half.
But after reflection, Solskjaer gave Coote credit for getting his most important decisions correct – although he was less sweet about his team’s performance when they recorded their first home league win since early July.
The Croatian boss said he was extremely disappointed with the decision against his party
“We are very happy with the win,” said Solskjaer. “They were very tight phone calls and I think he probably got the two decisions right with the penalties – well, three right because Sam wasn’t on his line.
‘But this is absolutely no step forward in terms of performance. We played really well against Everton last time, but it was way below par.
‘But we have achieved the first victory and sometimes three points are more important than the performance. Even though we have to take the points and move up the table, we have to play better.
‘We know we can play better than this. We certainly could have made it more comfortable if we had taken our chances earlier.
“By the end, if you don’t, there’s always an advantage in play and we seemed tense by the end. Obviously it was important to get that win and you saw it – we never got the composure or quality to get that second goal. ‘