Twitter Reacts As Man Utd Score Dramatic Penalty After Full-Time Whistle

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It is nearly unprecedented for a game to alter once the fulltime whistle has been blown and yet precisely that occurred at the Amex Stadium on Saturday.

Manchester United won the game 3-2 against Brighton with a late penalty decision settling it all.

The home side took the lead early on when a Bruno Fernandes error won them a penalty. Neal Maupay converted that in a cheeky fashion and with a bold celebration to boot.

United’s response came via a Lewis Dunk own goal at the end of the first-half. The Red Devils managed to further respond succinctly when Marcus Rashford took the lead later on. A resilient Brighton refused to keep down and their efforts succeeded in creating a goal in the dying minutes of added time via Solly March’s header.

That ought to have been it but with the last kick of the ball, United took their first corner of the game and the effort inside the box met the hand of Maupay.

The VAR and on-field referee review awarded the penalty which Fernandes converted exceptionally well.

Needless to say, the reactions on Twitter to the late drama were priceless.


Just as it seemed as if the penalty charm that gave historical luck to the Old Trafford faithful last season was wearing off, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s men conceding two penalties in two Premier League games, this effort furthered the comments that the club is far too reliant on VAR and penalties being awarded.

Incidentally, VAR had ruled two of United’s goals offside in the same game as well as revoking a penalty that Brighton had won when it was made clear that Paul Pogba’s foul had no malicious intent to it.

At the end of the day, United’s first Premier League win of the season comes at the back of a dramatic finish. A traditional United finish even if it wasn’t a traditional game by them.