Referees are biased toward Manchester United – Former Chelsea star claims

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Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton is furious that Manchester United were awarded a penalty in the win against Nottingham Forest, claiming that referees are biased toward Manchester United.

“It’s December 1993 at Old Trafford and Norwich City are losing 2-1 to Manchester United,” the former Chelsea striker wrote in Daily Mail.

“I burst into the box, Gary Pallister pulls me back, and we’re awarded a penalty by Martin Bodenham. Ruel Fox drills it down the middle of Peter Schmeichel’s goal and we draw 2-2.

“In time this turned out to be a historic moment. Why? Because it wasn’t until April 2004 that another visiting Premier League team scored a penalty at Old Trafford.

“Yes, you read that right – United’s home fans went more than a decade without seeing a spot-kick scored against them! It is easy to see why some opponents can feel there is a ‘big club bias’. Decisions tended to go United’s way in my day and they still do, especially at Old Trafford.

“Just look at their 3-2 win over Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Marcus Rashford dropped down under minimal pressure from Danilo.

“You might call it clever. I call it cheating. Rashford dived, referee Stuart Attwell fell for it, VAR Robert Jones did not intervene, Bruno Fernandes scored and Forest lost.

“Had this been the other way around, would the visitors have been awarded a penalty? Steve Cooper [Forest manager] does not seem to think so.

“When a United player drops down in the box, the threshold for a penalty never seems to be as high as it is for their opponents.”