Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his team was lucky enough to escape the concession of a penalty but praised match winner Bruno Fernandes for his uniqueness penalty shootout directly contributed to their victory.
The Red Devils beat West Brom just under 1-0 to claim their first home win of the season.
Both teams had ample opportunity to score in open play, but the outcome of the game depended on two penalties.
West Brom saw the initial award of a VAR undone free kick while Man Utd recovered their saved penalty after it was decided that Sam Johnstone had left his line prematurely.
Speaking to the BBC after the competition, Solskjaer said: « It’s nice that you get a win after the international break. « . We needed that win at home.
« We looked unsettled towards the end, although we should score an additional point or two for a more relaxed finish.
« It’s never comfortable against players of this quality. They had a few chances and David [de Gea] made two fantastic saves. Tight margins decide games, but the mood is determined by the results.
« It’s up to us to create momentum. We have a chance to continue our good start in the Champions League and Southampton is a very difficult game too. « . Hopefully we’ll get a few back and get started. ”
On the decision to recapture Man Utd’s penalty, the Norwegian said: « It’s the same with David [de Gea] at the start [of the season] when he saved, but he was only an inch off away from the line. « .
« It’s probably the beauty of Bruno’s [Fernandes] style where the goalkeeper goes a second early.
« The handball rule you keep talking about, but we get in the box and the ball in your feet, so with VAR one touch can be enough and it’s different from when I was playing when you were being hacked had to. ”
Solskjaer admitted that his team might have got away with one after the overturned penalty Fernandes originally conceded.
« I was watching a penalty this afternoon, Villa-Brighton, and there is contact on the ball and then on the man, » he told BT Sport.
« In my head it could be a punishment. We may be a little lucky here, but none of them are given. Maybe the rules are different from my interpretation. ”
BT Sports expert Rio Ferdinand did not hold back on the controversial decision to overturn West Brom’s sentence.
« He got it right the first time. It’s a severe punishment. How can he go against his own decision? “
Match winner Fernandes also spoke to BT Sport and showed his displeasure with aspects of the penalty results at both ends.
« It was very important to us to win this game because we need the points, » said the 26-year-old.
“It was a tough game. We can do a lot better. We have created a lot, but we have the quality to do better. ”
Regarding the penalty he took before being knocked over by VAR, he said, “I felt like I touched the ball and it was the second contact. ”
Despite the positive result, the playmaker was not satisfied with saving his first free kick.
« It’s not good, » he added. “You have to do it the first. I am not happy. I scored the second goal, but not the first. ”
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