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Sheffield United boss criticizes referee for Man Utd penalty and free-kick.



Chris Wilder was’really unhappy’ by two refereeing mistakes that resulted in Manchester United’s 4-2 comeback victory over Sheffield United.

Jayden Bogle took advantage of Andre Onana’s terrible error to give the Blades a surprising lead at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.

Their lead would not last long, however, as Harry Maguire scored from a set-piece situation shortly before half-time, leaving Wilder confused as to why a free kick was awarded in the first place.

Referee Michael Salisbury awarded the free kick after Mason Holgate tripped Alejandro Garnacho just outside the box, and the defender was also booked for the incident.

‘I’ve got to say, I’m really disappointed with a couple of the decisions as well,’ Sheffield Utd boss Wilder told BBC Match of the Day.

‘I think the free-kick, I don’t know what my centre-half is supposed to do, just walk out the way? He’s nutmegged him, but he can’t disappear.

‘That said, we’ve not really defended that situation as well as we should have done.’

Sheffield United retook the lead in the second half through Ben Brereton Diaz, but the Red Devils tied again through a Bruno Fernandes penalty awarded after Maguire was hauled down in the box by Auston Trusty.

Interestingly, the home team was also dissatisfied with the decision at first, as Salisbury blew for the spot-kick just a second before Diogo Dalot poked it into the net.

‘I think he blew the penalty early. “To be honest, I think it’s a really soft penalty,” Wilder said.

‘There is always contact in the box. It’s a really soft one.

‘Now, you might say they scored. But that’s got nothing to do with us. He gave a penalty straight away.’

‘There’s always contact in the box. It’s a very soft one.

Now, you could say they scored. But that has nothing to do with us. He gave a penalty right away.

Meanwhile, the Blades remain at the bottom of the Premier League, 10 points from safety with only four games remaining, suggesting that relegation will be confirmed this weekend.

Furthermore, Wilder’s team has conceded 93 goals this season, exceeding the previous record of 89 goals conceded in a 38-game Premier League season established by the infamous Derby County side in 2007/08.

Swindon Town still holds the overall record, having conceded 100 times in the 42-game 1993/94 season, but with four games remaining, Sheffield United might break it as well.


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