Paddy Crerand has criticised referee Mike Dean for giving Newcastle United a penalty in Manchester United’s 3-3 draw at St James Park on Tuesday.
Dean pointed to the spot with Man United 2-1 up after Smalling and Aleksandar Mitrovic were involved in a tussle inside the box.
Mitrovic levelled things up for Newcastle and the Magpies eventually earned themselves a point thanks to Paul Dummett’s last gasp strike after Wayne Rooney had restored United’s lead ten minutes from time. Crerand, who played for United between 1963 and 1971, was critical of Dean following the clash.
“We see things like that happen every week. I’m going to watch for Mike Dean and see that action happen again and see if he gives a penalty,” Crerand said.
“I bet you he doesn’t. I don’t think that was a penalty but United threw it away. They’ve got the game won and missed a couple of great chances.”
It was a contentious decision but United should have had the game wrapped up before Dummett’s equaliser.
Marouane Fellaini, Jesse Lingard and Rooney all missed golden opportunities to take the game away from Newcastle and United can only blame themselves for throwing away the win. As for Smalling, it wasn’t his best game. He looked physically and mentally tired and the hope is that he hasn’t burnt himself out.