Luke Shaw Reveals The Bizarre Reason Why Referee Didn’t Award Penalty To United

Manchester United's Harry Maguire.

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Chelsea and Manchester United played out yet another goalless draw. Both the scoreline and the entertainment level at Stamford Bridge mirrored the drab affair that took place at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture.

In fact, the most eventful moment of the game was Callum Hudson-Odoi’s handball in the opening stages of the game.

The Chelsea winger was challenging Mason Greenwood to clear the ball from the danger zone before the ball bounced up and hit his hand.

Consequently, referee Stuart Attwell was instructed by the VAR to review the incident, but to no avail. However, the controversy didn’t end there.

Luke Shaw, in his post-match interview to Sky Sports, claimed that referee told Harry Maguire that Manchester United were not going to be awarded a penalty because of the potential backlash afterwards.

The United left-back said: “If it’s not going to be a penalty, l don’t think they needed to stop the game.

“The ref even said to H [Harry Maguire] that if I say it is a pen then it is going to cause a lot of talk afterwards. H got told it was a penalty.

“I don’t understand why the game is stopped. It’s confusing with VAR.

“I’m not going to moan about it because l don’t think either team did enough to win.”

The Red Devils will feel hard done by the aforementioned VAR drama, but like Shaw said, neither team deserved all three points. While Chelsea ought to show more attacking intent, United should work on their poor record against the ‘big six’ in the Premier League this season.