Gary Neville, Roy Keane and Gary Lineker all said Manchester United should have been awarded a penalty against Chelsea.
United were hopeful of being awarded a spot-kick after the VAR asked referee Stuart Attwell to review an incident involving Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Greenwood where the ball appeared to strike the former’s arm.
However, despite watching a replay on the pitchside monitor, Attwell stuck with his initial decision and opted against pointing to the spot.
“There’s no doubt earlier in the season this would have been a penalty,” Neville said on co-commentary whilst the review was taking place. “I think he’s going to give a penalty. I think Hudson-Odoi’s panic is the fact that his arm shouldn’t really be there, he tries to get his body in but then he just pushes it away.
“There’s no doubt two or three months ago, that’s a penalty, and there’s no doubt two or three months ago that the referee on the pitch would have abided by the referral but the referees are bolder and the handball laws are being changed in front of our eyes as the season goes along.
“You talk about an unnatural position, I just think that’s probably a penalty because of the height of the ball, it’s not exactly hit at him. Tuchel and Solskjaer are having a row.
“We’ve seen some stupid ones this season when it’s been smashed at a player and you think: ‘how is that a penalty?’. Hudson-Odoi can see the ball travelling from a distance, it’s up in the air and his hand moves it away from Greenwood.
“It’s interesting because when the instance actually occurred, the Chelsea players were asking for a handball by Greenwood.”
Lineker agreed with Neville’s verdict and he wrote on Twitter: “I hate the current handball law but under the present guidelines that’s a penalty.”
Keane also disagreed with Attwell’s decision, saying Hudson-Odoi moved his hand towards the ball: “We’ve seen them given before for incidents like this.
“When he stopped the game and went to the screen, the Chelsea players are certainly worried, they’re all around the referee which probably isn’t helpful. He does put his hand up towards the ball, there’s no getting away from it.
“We’ve seen them given, we don’t want to see players getting punished for this but he does raise his hand.”