Glenn Hoddle and Michael Owen agreed Manchester United shouldn’t have been awarded a penalty in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.
On Monday night, Wolves left Old Trafford feeling sick after dominating Erik ten Hag’s side and repelling a glaring penalty after the 1-0 defeat in added time.
Well this time it was time for Manchester United to roar from the rooftops because they felt Cristian Romero should have been penalized for his handball in the first half when the score was 0-0.
But both Hoddle and Owen believe the right decision was made as they believe you can’t punish the Tottenham star for having the ball in his hands when the shot went ‘too close to him’ , as they said Premier League Productions (8/19/23 at 6:25 p.m.).
During this period of play, Spurs tried to weather the storm as the away side had numerous scoring chances.
In the end, Ange Postecoglou’s men controlled the game and outclassed their opponents in the second half, with Owen and Hoddle sharing their thoughts on this handball controversy.
“That’s debatable,” said Hoddle. “Not for me. It’s a good decision. Distance matters when Romero comes and finishes.
“He doesn’t have a chance to get out of the way. You can’t walk with your hands behind your back. That’s what the referees tell everyone. You don’t want defenders to do that. It is something? A yard, right? He smashed it. It’s going fast and we’ve seen them given. I think football shouldn’t have penalties for that.
Owen replied: “I totally agree. He’s too close to him. His arms are not in an unnatural position. When you stretch like this, your arms extend outwards a little.
“But he’s a meter away and I agree that’s not a penalty.”
Should the referee have gone to the monitor?
Michael Oliver was the referee on the field and of course he didn’t give the penalty at first sight before the crowd at Stockley Park took a look.
They decided against sending him to the monitor where he could have made his own call.
Some would argue that the referee should have looked on the field because then after a few replays he could make up his own mind about things, but others will argue that it wasn’t a glaring error on closer inspection had to become.
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