Johnstone: Bruno Fernandes penalty technique should be banned

Ross Houston
November 24, 2020

West Brom also won a penalty only for referee David Coote to overturn it after a review. We have to do better.

The first Old Trafford league win of the campaign at the fifth attempt following defeats by Crystal Palace, Spurs and Arsenal, plus a draw against Chelsea, ensured that United climbed up the table into the top half and ninth spot.

West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Sam Johnstone was able to stop Fernandes at Old Trafford on Saturday, only for the officials to order a retake after he stepped off the line prematurely.

Speaking after the game, Fernandes said: "Of course it is really important to us to win this game".

Fernandes' latest goal marked his 19th in 34 appearances for United since his €55 million (£49m/$65m) move from Sporting in January, and Scholes has suggested that the Portuguese is carrying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side with his contribution in the final third.

It is completely fair to say that this Man United win was far from pretty and Solskjaer and the players admitted that after the game.

"Throughout the whole second half, I felt like small West Brom".

"But it's there. We did the mistakes, and now the point is to keep going and doing the right things and, most important, take the three points". I've watched it a few times now and, for me, the penalty on Conor Gallagher is a clear penalty.

"You don't really want to face one penalty, two is frustrating but it's a new rule so it's hard".

"But this happens against us in the home game against Crystal Palace when David (De Gea) saved, and after they score, so I think the rules are there".

Yet, it was United who were given the chance to win from the spot when Juan Mata's cross struck the arm of Darnell Furlong and this time Coote's decision to award a penalty was not overturned.

Bruno Fernandes was once again at hand, on the second time of asking to put the Red Devils ahead from the penalty spot.

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