Fans are furious at Cristiano Ronaldo drama


Cristiano Ronaldo has been denied two controversial penalty calls against West Ham. Photo: Optus Sport / Getty

Premier League officials have come under fire from football fans after a pair of highly controversial calls in Manchester United’s spectacular win over West Ham.

David de Gea finished one of the most frustrating races in football, with its last-breath penalty that secured United’s victory over the top-flight Hammers.

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Goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and a sublime winner from Jesse Lingard set aside Said Benrahma’s deflected opening game for West Ham, to secure all three points for United.

De Gea’s 95th-minute penalty save was his first in five years and ended a painful streak of 40 successive shots on goal since he last saved one.

It was a chaotic end to a game that was mired in controversy, with Ronaldo having two penalty cries dismissed by referee Martin Atkinson and the VAR.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted both were “wall” penalties for fouls on Ronaldo in the box, with no decision even being sent back to Atkinson for VAR verification.

This was in stark contrast to West Ham’s time-out penalty for a handball on Luke Shaw, which the referee delivered after checking the field monitor.

“I think these are stone walls (penalties), you can’t even discuss them. I think the first one the boy lifts his leg and Cristiano runs straight and is fouled,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports after the game.

“The last one, Paul committed a foul when Kurt Zouma passed him. So why is Cristiano’s third call not a penalty?

“I hope it won’t be Cristiano never gets a penalty.”

It wasn’t just the United manager who was taken aback by the refereeing, with fans calling it “shame” that VAR did not return Ronaldo’s two penalty calls.

Later in the day, Chelsea dismantled their London rivals Tottenham 3-0 to climb to the top of the table and level on points with United and Liverpool.

The European champions’ dominant second-half performance at Spurs, with goals from Thiago Silva, inspiring N’Golo Kante and Antonio Rudiger, saw the undefeated Blues drop to 13 points.

It was an emotional afternoon at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, as the two teams for which Jimmy Greaves scored most of his goals paid tribute to their late superstar who died aged 81.

After the hosts shadowed the first half, Chelsea took full control after the break to send an ominous warning into the title race.

Thiago’s header gave Chelsea the lead in the 49th minute, Kante’s deflected shot beat Hugo Lloris soon after, and Rudiger’s late strike was enough to give Chelsea an identical record to Liverpool, the two teams totaling 13 points in five games, both having scored 12 goals and conceded just one.

In the photo, the Chelsea players celebrate their Premier League win over Tottenham.

Chelsea players celebrate their victory over Tottenham in the Premier League. Photo: Getty

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, who brought in Kante after the break, felt the small powerhouse had made the difference.

“Best player, if you have N’Golo you have something that everyone is looking for,” Tuchel said. “You have everything you need in midfield, you have work pace, intensity, ball wins, skillful play, dribbling, half-court practices and even a goal.

“I see him every day in training and it’s hard to believe how good he is. He’s a unique guy, there are no more words from me. N’Golo is N’Golo , he is fantastic.”

Elsewhere, Brighton kept up their impressive start to the season with a relentless 2-1 win over Leicester at Amex stadium to move up to fourth in the table, one point behind the top three, thanks to a penalty from Neal Maupay and a header from Danny Welbeck.

Jamie Vardy fell back to 61st with his 150th goal for Leicester in his 250th Premier League appearance.

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