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14th Aug 2023

Wolves controversially not awarded late penalty as Man United scrape victory

Callum Boyle

Wolves penalty Man United

Andre Onana came rushing out to try and claim the ball

Wolves can be left feeling aggrieved not to have come away from Old Trafford with at least a point after they fell to a 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.

Raphael Varane scored the only goal of the game 14 minutes from time after Erik ten Hag’s side spent a large majority of the game under the cosh from the away side, who were being managed by Gary O’Neill for the first time after taking charge just four days before.

Mattheus Cunha was one of the most impressive players on the pitch as he weaved in-between the United midfield on several occasions and arguably should’ve scored in the second half however his effort clipped the outside of the post.

Despite a host of chances Wolves were made to pay for their missed efforts as Varane rose highest to head home Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s looping ball into the box.

With minutes of stoppage time to go, Wolves did everything they could to try and salvage a point but were left furious after they weren’t awarded a penalty.

As Andre Onana came to try and claim a cross from the right hand side of the pitch, the United goalkeeper came rushing out of his goal and cleanly took out striker Sasa Kalajdzic.

VAR did check look back at the challenge but the verdict from Stockley Park said that there wasn’t enough in it to award a spot-kick.

O’Neill was visibly distraught with the decision and was awarded a yellow card for his behaviour on the touchline and after the game revealed that the PGMOL’s Jon Moss had spoken to him and apologised, saying that Wolves should’ve been awarded a penalty.

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