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Watch: Should Manchester United Have Been Given A Penalty For Monreal’s Tackle On Valencia?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Antonio Valencia of Manchester United in action with Nacho Monreal of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Tom Purslow/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Manchester United’s clash with Arsenal remained scoreless as the teams the teams went in at half time.

The game was yet to catch fire in the first half, Juan Mata going closest with a free kick that went wide and another shot saved by Petr Cech in the Arsenal goal.

The visitors, meanwhile, have had little impact at the other end and went in at the break without having a single shot on target.

The biggest talking point from the first half, however, came with ten minutes remaining of the opening half. Antonio Valencia, making an early return from a broken arm, broke down the right hand side only to be stopped in his tracks in the box by Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal.


Monreal appeared on first glance to pull Valencia to the ground, though replays have made the incident far less conclusive.

Even the Sky Sports pundits could not agree, as Gary Neville and Graeme Souness believed it wasn’t a penalty while Jamie Redknapp and Ryan Giggs felt that one should have been given.

Twitter reaction has been strong on both sides as there seems to be no general consensus over whether or not a penalty should have been given.

José Mournho made his feelings on the incident quite clear, and expect it to be a major issue if Man United do not get the win today.


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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.