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.
OMG it’s a rugby tackle
— Philip Neville (@fizzer18) November 19, 2016
So Walcott dives all he wants and darmian gets a yellow, Monreal GRABS Valencia with no pen !?
— UtdInterest (@UtdInterest) November 19, 2016
Giggs “Monreal puts an arm out, its a penalty”
Souness “What about Valencia forearm smash”
Giggs “Where you want him to put his arm?”
— Bergkamp & Bergkamp (@Orangeiceman10) November 19, 2016
That was a clear and obvious penalty for #MUFC. Monreal blocked and brought down Valencia with his arm. Poor decision
— Sam Pilger (@sampilger) November 19, 2016
Valencia incident didn’t look like a penalty to me. I don’t know what rugby is to Phil Neville. Clearly, he has lost his marbles.
— Udit (@uditCFC) November 19, 2016
United fans are idiots. How the hell was that a penalty? Valencia was barely touched, and he fell like a sack of potato
— GAGE (@williamgxge) November 19, 2016
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.
— TheSportMatrix (@TheSportMatrix) November 19, 2016
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