Manchester United penalty given on 'gut feeling', claims Pardew

The Crystal Palace manager feels that referee Michael Oliver’s decision was a “really tough call” after his side were beaten 2-1 in the Premier League on Saturday

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew claims that referee Michael Oliver told him that a penalty for Manchester United in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Selhurst Park was given on “gut instinct”.

Juan Mata opened the scoring from the spot in the first half of the Premier League encounter at Selhurst Park after Scott Dann was adjudged to have handled an Ashley Young cross, with Marouane Fellaini heading home a winner after Jason Puncheon had equalised with a free kick.

Oliver’s view did not appear to be clear and Pardew says that the official had admitted that his decision was based on an assumption.

The Palace boss told reporters: “I asked [the referee] after and he said he went with his gut feeling that it was a penalty but, seeing the players’ reaction and the video, I think that was a really tough call.

“We’ve played Chelsea and Manchester United, two top teams, and we’ve not really had a break. The first is more than debateable and the ref can’t be sure form his angle and the players’ reaction said it all really.

“Having said that, they played well first half, second half we sorted that out, changed our shape and that worked for us, we got the equaliser, perhaps should have took the lead, but a fantastic save from the goalkeeper denies Glenn [Murray].

“Unfortunately we got a cross all wrong and we ended up losing and it’s not what we deserved.”

The Palace manager reserved special praise for United goalkeeper David de Gea, who kept the scores at 1-1 by spectacularly denying Murray from point-blank range before Fellaini’s winner.

Pardew beamed: “His kicking and everything was really good. He’s really shown his class. He was a big factor in their win.”

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