Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his side were fortunate enough to escape the penalty concession but praised winner Bruno Fernandes after his unique penalty trait directly contributed to their victory .
The Red Devils ran out of narrow 1-0 winners over West Brom to secure their first home league victory of the season.
Both teams had plenty of opportunities to score in open play, but the outcome of the game hinged on two penalty decisions.
West Brom saw their initial award of a spot kick canceled by VAR, while Man Utd saw their saved penalty taken back after Sam Johnstone was deemed to have left his line too early.
Talk to TBEN following the competition, Solskjaer said: “It’s long after the international break that you have won. We needed this home win.
“We looked unstable towards the end although we would have to score one or two more to have a more relaxed finish.
“It’s never comfortable against players of this quality. They had a few chances and David [de Gea] made two fantastic saves. Tight margins decide the games, but the mood is determined by the results.
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“It’s up to us to create the momentum, we have the chance to continue the good start in the Champions League and Southampton away is also a very difficult game. Hope we get a few more and get started. “
Regarding the decision to retake the penalty from Man Utd, the Norwegian said: “It’s the same with David [de Gea] early [in the season] when he made a stop, but was an inch from the line.
“It’s probably Bruno’s beauty [Fernandes] style where the goalkeeper passes a second too early.
“The handball rule that you discuss over and over again, but we go into the box and the ball between our feet, so with VAR one touch can be enough and it’s different from when I was playing when you had to be hacked.
On the canceled penalty initially conceded by Fernandes, Solskjaer admitted his side could get away with one.
“I watched a penalty this afternoon, Villa-Brighton and there is contact on the ball and then the man,” he said. BT Sport.
“In my head, it could be a penalty. Maybe here we are a little lucky but none of them are cheap. Maybe the rules are different from the way I interpret them.
Regarding the controversial decision to rescind West Brom’s sanction, BT Sport expert Rio Ferdinand did not hold back.
“It’s a shameful decision”, he said.
“He got it right the first time. It’s a nailed down penalty. How can he go against his own decision on this?
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Matchwinner Fernandes also talked to BT Sport, and revealed his dissatisfaction with some aspect of the penalties at either end.
“It was really important for us to win this game because we need the points,” said the 26-year-old.
“It was a tough game. We can do much better. We have created a lot, but we have the quality to do better. “
Regarding the penalty he conceded before being knocked down by VAR, he said: “I felt that I had touched the ball and it was the second contact.
Fernandes showed great composure to put away his penalty on the second request.
Despite the positive result, the playmaker was not happy to have saved his initial kick.
“It’s not good,” he added. “You have to do it on the first one. I am not happy. I marked the second but I don’t have the first.