Ten Hag fumes at referee over Cristiano Ronaldo's disallowed goal after Pope free-kick confusion in Man Utd draw | The Sun

ERIK TEN HAG was left fuming with referee Craig Pawson following Manchester United's 0-0 draw with Newcastle.

Cristiano Ronaldo had a goal ruled out after nicking the ball from Nick Pope after believing a free-kick had already been taken, only for it to be ruled out.

But Ten Hag backed his striker's intuition and was critical of the decision to rule out the goal given his belief that Fabian Schar had kicked the ball to Pope to start the game back up.

On the disallowed goal controversy, the Dutchman said: "I don't have a comment, everyone has seen it.

"I shared that with them (the officials). Everyone has seen what happened today on the pitch."

However, rival manager Eddie Howe believed the referee to have made the right call.


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He said: "I could see it at the time and, for me, it was clear. Fabi (Schar) wasn't taking the free kick. He was allowing Nick to do it.

"I don't think the referee had blown the whistle to re-start play. Nick was waiting to deliver the free kick and Cristiano Ronaldo has taken the ball off him.

"It would have been a very very difficult goal to swallow if that had stood. For me, it's clear the ball wasn't in play."

Much to his dismay, Ronaldo was later hooked by Ten Hag and replaced by Marcus Rashford after a below-par display for a forward of his calibre.

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But he was unable to score a winner as Man United fell three points behind the top four.

Ten Hag was also unhappy about penalty appeals for Jadon Sancho and Ronaldo which were waved away, but put on a thinly-veiled mask to hide his frustration.

He added: "I don't have a comment on the referee's performance."

Meanwhile, Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer gave his thoughts on the penalty appeals in no uncertain with a foul-mouthed Tweet.

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The Premier League all-time leading goalscorer said: "Keep on f…. Diving you might get one eventually!!!"

Newcastle fans were also left fuming when Newcastle were denied a penalty of their own when Callum Wilson went to ground under a stern challenge in the area.

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