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Lindelof disagrees with Ferdinand over penalty verdict during Man United win

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Victor Lindelof insisted that he did not give away a foul on Wilfried Zaha during Manchester United’s 2-0 victory over Crystal Palace, after the home side had appeals for a penalty waved away.

Neither referee Graham Scott nor the VAR officials gave a spot-kick when Lindelof challenged Zaha in the box, with the scores locked at 0-0 at Selhurst Park.

The Swede appeared to get both the ball and the player in the same movement, before United surged into a two-goal lead through Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial goals. Palace also saw a Jordan Ayew effort chalked off for offside.

Lindelof told MUTV after the game that the incident with Zaha did not warrant a penalty being awarded.

“For me it’s not a penalty because I touched the ball first, so I don’t think it can be any clearer than that,” he said.

Former United defender Rio Ferdinand had a different opinion, saying at half-time: “I think it’s a penalty. Wilfried’s a very tricky customer in that area – one of the most fouled players in the league.

“There’s connection with his foot. There is connection with the ball, I must add, and that’s where VAR probably took it from. But, if I’m a Palace player, I’m sitting asking questions, like why have we not got a penalty there? I’d say that is. I’m an honest guy.”

Lindelof went on to reflect on the game as a whole, as United’s defence again kept a clean sheet – partially thanks to some David de Gea’s heroics in goal – to lay the foundations for their forwards to win the three points. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are now 19 games unbeaten in all competitions.

“It was a tough game, we can’t always be playing beautiful,” added Lindelof. “I felt after the second goal we were more relaxed, so it was a very nice win and I’m very happy.

“That’s our job at the back to try and keep a clean sheet and David today was great, he made a few really good saves for us. We know if we keep a clean sheet and we have some very good players who can score goals for us.

“Even if we don’t play our best football, if we keep a clean sheet, they will score goals.”

The three points put United firmly in the mix for a top four finish, with their destiny in their own hands if they win their final two league games. United now turn their attention to the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea on Sunday.

Lindelof added: “We can only focus on ourselves, we can’t look at other teams, just do what we do.

“We have a lot of games coming in, everyone wants to play in the semi-final of the FA Cup.”

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