Van Gaal and McClaren disagree on Man Utd penalty
Louis van Gaal and Steve McClaren saw the selection to award Manchester United an early penalty really differently.
Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren and his Manchester United counterpart Louis van Gaal disagreed on the early penalty awarded against Chancel Mbemba in Tuesday’s 3-3 draw.
A thrilling and controversial clash at St James’ Park saw its very first purpose arrive immediately after only nine minutes when Wayne Rooney scored in the penalty spot.
The penalty came immediately after referee Mike Dean had penalised Newcastle defender Mbemba for handball as he attempted to block a Marouane Fellaini header from close range.
McClaren felt the decision was ridiculous, but Van Gaal is specific it was a spot-kick and doesn’t feel there must be a discussion over the choice.
“I couldn’t think it,” stated McClaren. “The initial purpose against top-four teams is totally crucial and when no-one appealed and every person just walked away, we couldn’t think it was a penalty.
“We had such an excellent commence. We had been composed; we had been keeping the ball and creating possibilities and all of a sudden [it came] from absolutely nothing.
“Nobody appealed, nobody even tried to. I’ve looked at it, he [Mbemba] just goes up and also the momentum of where his hand goes, it hits his hand. He is about half a yard away – how can he get out of your way?
“It is ridiculous as well as the team could have gone under after that, but credit to them – they kept fighting.”
Van Gaal, although, told BT Sport: “I have noticed it. Once you desire to stay clear of a header of Fellaini by [putting] your hands to the ball I never think that is a discussion.
“I do not think it can be ball to hand, it truly is the hand for the ball and Fellaini can not head it. You by no means know in this world – you could normally possess a discussion – but I never assume so.”