Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has said that comments made from other teams have turned referees against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Maguire, 27, wasn’t happy with a number of decisions that occurred during United’s 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday, most notably the allowance for the Baggies’ opening goal to stand, with complaints of a foul in the build-up on Victor Lindelof.
The 30-capped England international also bemoaned the decision not to award United a penalty after Maguire was fouled by West Brom defender Semi Ajayi following a Bruno Fernandes set-piece.
VAR intervened and referee Craig Pawson was informed through subsequent replays that the former Leicester defender was in an offside position when fouled.
Maguire referee claims
Speaking with MUTV after the match, Maguire hit out at rivals who had lambasted United’s records with penalties and VAR this season, claiming it has influenced referees to adopt a tougher approach when officiating games involving United.
He said: “Ever since other people from other teams spoke about us we’ve had absolutely nothing from the referee or VAR.
“At the moment we’re playing without them so we’ve got to make sure we’re not leaving the game in the hands of the referee or the VAR.”
Former Liverpool defender Graham Souness wasn’t left impressed by Maguire’s comments in the aftermath of the 1-1 stalemate, insisting the player went down far too easily, while in an offside position anyway.
Speaking on Sky Sport’s Super Sunday panel, Souness said: “Clearly offside and he goes to ground as if he’s been hit with a baseball bat, diving.
“He said that he thinks it’s a penalty. He’s got his hand on him, but that’s not enough to bring him down the way he goes down.
“That’s throwing himself to the ground and they all appeal, even [Marcus] Rashford on the far side’s got his arms up putting the referee under pressure.”
Unsurprisingly, Liverpool supporters, too, were left unimpressed by Maguire’s insistence that United have been hard done by following a number of refereeing decisions in recent weeks.
Let’s see what a number of Kopites had to say in response to Maguire’s comments on social media…