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Harry Maguire slams officials over two incidents in Man United draw vs West Brom

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Harry Maguire was certain that the refereeing decisions went against Manchester United in two key moments against West Brom.

The United captain criticised referee Craig Pawson and the VAR for allowing Mbaye Diagne’s early goal to stand for the Baggies, when it appeared Victor Lindelof had been fouled. Maguire was also perplexed that he hadn’t been awarded a penalty in the second half.

Bruno Fernandes’ spectacular volley earned United a point in the 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were below par for long period.

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game Maguire accepted United weren’t at their best — but expressed frustration at the officials.

“It was a tough start for ourselves with the goal we conceded, but for me it’s a foul for the goal,” he said. “We were so certain it was a penalty. I’m not sure why they needed to send him [the referee] to a monitor. The clip was minimal but it was a penalty. It seems like the decisions are going against us.

“We can’t be relying on VAR decisions — we have to improve.”

Maguire also praised West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone for a great save to deny him at the end, with the centre-back almost nicking the win in stoppage time.

But Maguire believes United can play much better than they showed against West Brom.

He added: “And obviously at the end, we huffed and puffed and it’s a great save by Sam at the end. It’s disappointing to come away with a point, we felt we deserved more. We played the game in their half, we created a lot of chances — for sure we can do more, we can improve, enough to win the game, but it’s disappointing.

“Sometimes we played a little bit too slow but in the second half we played with a great tempo and on another day, we’d score two or three goals, but for sure we can improve.

Asked if United were still in the title race, despite being seven points behind leaders Manchester City — who also have a game in hand — Maguire added: “Of course we are. We have to go again and win the next one and then the next one.”

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