West Brom manager, Slaven Bilic, has expressed his disappointment with the referee’s decisions during his side’s loss to Manchester United on Saturday.
The Red Devils beat the Baggies 1-0 at Old Trafford, to record their first home win in the league this season, but prior to that, Bilic’s side had suffered what they would consider a harsh penalty call from the referee, David Coote.
Coote pointed to the spot, after Bruno Fernandes appeared to foul Conor Gallagher in United’s 18 yard area. However, the decision was soon overturned, after the official consulted with the VAR.
As if to make matters worse- in the eyes of Bilic- in the build up to United’s goal, Fred is also adjudged to have fouled Gallagher before Juan Mata’s cross.
West Brom goalkeeper, Sam Johnstone also saved Fernandes’s initial penalty, before a retake was ordered by Coote, who adjudged him to have been off his line.
Speaking to the media after the match, a visibly frustrated Bilic said, “We started at the second half and they became a little bit nervous.
“They wanted to score and became a little bit stretched and suddenly we have a chance.
“But instead of being, hopefully, 1-0 up, the penalty’s not given and, it’s not even 0-0, we’re one down. That basically kills you in any game, even in the Championship it’s hard to come back from that, let alone at Man United.
“Nothing personal but I’m extremely disappointed in the VAR. I felt it was little West Brom and the big decisions went against us.
“It was a penalty on Conor Gallagher and I was very disappointed he over-turned that and then it was a foul on us before their penalty.”
Meanwhile, United boss, Olé Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with the win and the result, and appreciated the referee for his correct decision.
The Norwegian said, “We’re delighted with the win.
“We’re delighted with the win,” said Solskjaer. “They were very tight calls and I think he probably got the two decisions right with the penalties – well, three right because Sam was off his line.”