Graeme Souness slammed Harry Maguire for ‘diving’ after Manchester United’s ‘exceptionally poor’ draw with relegation battlers West Brom.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were held to a 1-1 draw by Sam Allardyce’s Baggies on Sunday as they failed to apply pressure on Premier League leaders Manchester City, who are seven points clear with a game in hand.
New West Brom signing Mbaye Diagne headed home an early opener for the hosts, but Bruno Fernandes equalised for Manchester United before half-time.
Despite dominating possession, United could not break West Brom down after the break, with Maguire denied what he felt was a clear penalty after a VAR review, although he appeared to be in an offside position in any case.
Maguire, who hit the post late on with a header, said: ‘We were so certain it was a penalty. 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.’
Responding to Maguire’s comments, Souness told Sky Sports: ‘It’s clearly offside and he goes to ground as though he’s been hit with a baseball bat. Diving!
‘He said he thinks it’s a penalty, it’s not enough to bring him down the way he goes down. He throws himself to the ground. It’s not a penalty.’
Souness added: ‘This is such a bad result for Manchester United.
‘Maguire has just said it’s a difficult place to come, West Brom have won one game at home against the bottom team, that’s a difficult place to go if you’re second or third in the league?
‘West Brom had the better chances. That is an exceptionally poor performance and result for Manchester United, when you think they’ve got a chance of putting the pressure on Manchester City. Nah.’
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