REPORT; ex-Premier League official rules on three penalties in the Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace game.

Man United was certain that they ought to have received a penalty against Crystal Palace on Saturday in the second half.

Chris Kavanagh made the right decision not to give Manchester United a second-half penalty in Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to Crystal Palace, according to former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher.

When Marcus Rashford attempted to outmuscle Joel Ward of Palace just before the hour mark, United insisted that they should have been given a penalty kick. The right-back’s hand was injured by the ball as Rashford sought to cross it over.

The belief among United’s players and supporters was that Kavanagh ought to have pointed to the spot and given the home team a chance to get back into the game. Despite the fact that Ward’s hand was away from his body, it was unclear whether he intended to handle the ball, hence United’s protestations were ignored.

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VAR Peter Bankes examined Kavanagh’s on-field judgment but found no justification to overturn it, so the spot-kick was not given. And Gallagher, a Premier League referee from 1992 to 2007, concurred that it was the correct decision.

“I never ever thought this would be given,” Gallagher said to Sky Sports. There is no denying that he feels it. His arm is tucked in, therefore I will never receive a penalty for him.

Palace believed they had two shouts for their own penalty at the opposite end. Before Harry Maguire was found to have unlawfully stopped a cross, they first wanted one given after Sofyan Amrabat, who was again used as a left-back, saw a weak touch bounce up and onto his palm.

Despite this, Gallagher said, “I have got to choose my words carefully, haven’t I, in view of how you see it. However, it did deflect off Riedewald’s torso and land on Amrabat’s arm. However, his arm was never going to be given and is now at his side.

Regarding the Maguire call, he continued, “I think that negates it for me because his arm is in front of his body. It is never completely safe to lead with your arm. However, I don’t believe it would have missed his body, thus it wasn’t a penalty.

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