Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was furious after Mbaye Diagne’s goal in the second minute of the game was not penalised for a foul on his centre-back partner Victor Lindelof.
The England international almost won the game for United with his header in the final minute of stoppage time, but saw his effort brilliantly pushed on to the post by the goalkeeper. United dropped points for the second successive game, and now are seven points behind Manchester City having played a game more.
Speaking to MUTV after the game, Maguire vented his frustration at the decision to not penalise West Brom’s goal, and said “I know Vic will be disappointed in there and I’m sure he’s probably getting criticism, he knows he can do better, but it’s a foul, we shouldn’t be speaking about this.”
“It’s a big striker who’s bigger than Vic and he’s wrestling him, he’s got his arms all on him. I had one disallowed at Burnley two or three weeks ago and the difference is massive. You can’t tell me I did more than a striker’s done there, so the inconsistency is something that we need to look at.”
“It’s a bit frustrating. It’s a foul and I’m not making up excuses because it’s disappointing and Vic’s disappointed at half time but he’s reacted really well in the game to make up for what he’ll feel is a mistake.”
Ole Gunnar Soslkjaer questioned the consistency in penalising such incidents, as Maguire’s goal from a similar incident against Burnley was chalked off for a foul last month. The United manager added “As a striker you’d like to get them, of course.”
“I think the boy does well to climb over Victor. But then again a month or two ago our Harry was told his goal against Burnley was a foul.”
“So where’s the consistency? I’m just asking for clarity and the same decisions every week. I think all the managers are, we just see flip-flop around many decisions, big decisions.”
On title race
Solskjaer admitted he was disappointed with the result, but insisted United will fight Manchester City all the way for the title. The Norwegian added “Lets build momentum, win games and put Manchester City under pressure.”
“They’re in great form but we’re not going to give it away, of course. ‘It looks like us and Leicester need to put up a fight.”
“It’s a compliment for the boys we got into position we are now. We won’t let them run away with it – we’re playing them soon. We’re not giving it away early – no we’re not.”