Horror night for Craig Pawson
It was another poor night for Premier League officials at Selhurst Park on Wednesday, as referee Craig Pawson and his assistants had a horror set of performances.
The officials got five keys decisions wrong during the game, which ended Crystal Palace 1 – Man United 2.
James McArthur cancelled out Paul Pogba’s opener, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic stole the points with a late winner.
Zlatan’s handball & Pogba’s offside
Man United’s opener, however, shouldn’t have stood.
In fact there were two major problems with the goal.
Firstly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic handled in the Palace box, as he sent the ball towards Pogba.
As for Pogba, he lashed the ball in the back of the net, but the midfielder was standing in an offside position.
Rojo’s non red
The third awful call from the ref was to bottle out of an obvious red card.
Marcos Rojo – just like he did against Everton – took out Palace winger Wilfried Zaha with a nasty two footed foul.
It was dangerous and reckless and it deserved a dismissal.
But the ref chickened out of the red card, and to add insult to injury referee Craig Pawson booked the Man United defender, thereby making sure no retrospective action could be taken.
Joe Ledley’s handball
Decisions also went against Jose Mourinho’s team.
Man United should have won a penalty when Joe Ledley clearly blocked a goal-bound effort in the box with his arms raised.
Referee Craig Pawson waved ‘play on’.
Juan Mata’s offside
Finally, United had the ball in the back of the net late on when a Rojo header dropped to Juan Mata at the back post, and the Spaniard stuck the ball in the net.
With the blame resting on the linesman, Mata was unforgivably flagged for offside.
He was onside by miles.