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Harry Maguire left baffled and moans ‘decisions are going against us’ after VAR overruled spot kick

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Harry Maguire fumed that Manchester United are being treated harshly by referees after he was denied a ‘certain’ penalty against West Brom – as Graeme Souness blasted the defender for diving. 

United were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw at relegation threatened West Brom on Sunday, dropping vital points in the title race. 

After Bruno Fernandes‘ spectacular first-half equaliser United were chasing a winner in the second-half. In the 61st minute, the Portuguese maestro whipped-in a dangerous free-kick, aiming for Maguire at the back-post.  

Harry Maguire was left furious after the penalty he won against West Brom was reversed

Harry Maguire was left furious after the penalty he won against West Brom was reversed 

The Manchester United skipper was challenged by Semi Ajayi at a free-kick opportunity

The Manchester United skipper was challenged by Semi Ajayi at a free-kick opportunity 

The centre-back went crashing to the floor as Bruno Fernandes' cross was coming over to him

The centre-back went crashing to the floor as Bruno Fernandes’ cross was coming over to him

The centre-back hit the deck under pressure from Semi Ajayi, and referee Craig Pawson pointed to the spot. VAR then called the referee over to the monitor. 

Replays showed Maguire was offside – and should have reversed the decision on that basis – but failed to even check if the Englishman was beyond the last defender. Pawson still cancelled the penalty, leaving Maguire baffled. 

‘I was so certain it was a penalty,’ the United captain told SkySports. 

‘I don’t understand why he’s been sent to the monitor to check it. I’m goal-side of the defender and I feel a touch on my shoulder, he’s pulling me back and theres a clip on my heels. 

‘It’s minimal but it’s a penalty. When he points to the spot you think there’s no chance he overturns it. There are decisions going against us, but we need to do more to win the game. 

Craig Pawson went over to the monitor and judged that the contact had not been enough

Craig Pawson went over to the monitor and judged that the contact had not been enough 

Maguire was slammed by Graeme Souness, who insisted the penalty should not have stood

Maguire was slammed by Graeme Souness, who insisted the penalty should not have stood

‘We can’t be reliant on VAR decisions. We huffed and puffed and have to improve.’  

Graeme Souness saw the incident differently, laying into Maguire while on punditry duty.  

‘It’s clearly offside, and he goes to ground like he’s been hit by a baseball bat – diving,’ the Scotsman said. 

‘He said he thinks it’s a penalty, that’s not enough to bring him down. That’s throwing himself to the ground.’ 

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