Gary O’Neil claims referees’ boss advised him Wolves ought to have had penalty

Premier League referees’ boss Jon Moss apologised to Gary O’Neil and advised him Wolves had been denied a “blatant” stoppage-time penalty of their 1-0 Premier League defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford, in keeping with the Wolves boss.

United’s debutant goalkeeper Andre Onana clattered into Sasa Kalajdzic deep into time added on, however Simon Hooper didn’t react and VAR Michael Salisbury deemed there was no foul, with an incredulous O’Neil as an alternative booked for his response.

O’Neil mentioned after the match he although Onana was attempting to take Kalajdzic’s head off, after which revealed he had acquired an instantly apology from Moss.

“Having just spoken to Jon Moss, fair enough he came straight out and said it was a blatant penalty and it should have been given,” O’Neil mentioned.

“I sometimes feel bad. I’ve spent a lot of my day with him trying to understand the new guidelines and how to not get myself booked which I’ve failed in, but fair play to Jon in coming out.

“He said it was clear and obvious and he can’t believe the on-field referee didn’t give it and he can’t believe VAR didn’t intervene. It’s probably made me feel worse to be honest because once you know you’re right you feel worse about leaving with nothing.”

United boss Erik ten Hag tried to minimize the incident, however he was largely alone in pondering the officers acquired the choice proper.

“When VAR looked at it and decided not to give it of course we are pleased,” the Dutchman mentioned. “It’s about the referee and the VAR. I think the two players come together and Andre didn’t interfere with the action from them because first was the touch on the ball and then came Andre.”

The controversial resolution was not the one factor that left the impression United had been fortunate to take three factors from their opening Premier League match, with Raphael Varane’s 76th-minute header decisive in a laboured efficiency from the hosts.

With O’Neil just a few days into his tenure, Wolves impressed with their attacking intent. They registered 23 makes an attempt at purpose, probably the most for any visiting group at Old Trafford since Chelsea had 25 in November 2005, one other match that resulted in a 1-0 win for United.

Scoring objectives was an all-too-familiar drawback for Wolves final time period however O’Neil was inspired by what he noticed.

“Huge credit to the lads,” O’Neil mentioned. “There’s been some negativity surrounding the place but they’ve committed to what we asked of them and gone toe to toe with a top side at a difficult place to come and they’re disappointed.

“For the amount of shots we’ve had and the expected goals, we deserved at least a point…

“Bigger picture stuff and where we want to take the group, tonight is a big step four days in. Coming to a place like this it could have gone very differently.”

United struggled to seek out any stream and have been second greatest within the second half till Aaron Wan-Bissaka latched on to a dinked ball from Bruno Fernandes, and lifted the ball over for Varane to nod residence.

“It was a tough game,” Ten Hag mentioned. “I think we can do much better on the ball. We proved that last season and also in pre-season but the pre-season is not the season and when the league starts opponents are more aggressive.

“Our decision-making could have been better and were not aggressive enough from that point of view, but there are a lot of positives to take. We fought for our lives and we survived with three points so well done.”

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