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Fans Think Brighton Were Denied Blatant Penalty After Harry Maguire Challenge

Fans Think Brighton Were Denied Blatant Penalty After Harry Maguire Challenge

Fans think Brighton were denied a penalty against Manchester United after Harry Maguire's challenge on Danny Welbeck.

The Premier League game was poised at 1-1 in the second half when Neal Maupay's cross narrowly evaded Welbeck as he tried to get a touch. Maguire made contact behind him and Welbeck immediately appealed for a penalty, claiming he'd been pulled back.

Mike Dean did not point to the spot, however - and a following VAR review did not give him the referee any reason to reconsider.

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However football fans on Twitter were quick to disagree, pointing to the clear physical contact between Maguire and Welbeck that may have stopped the former Man United striker getting to the ball.

The end result was a 2-1 victory for Manchester United as Mason Greenwood pounced with a header, 10 minutes later, to give the hosts all three points. However many were still pointing to the United captain's contact with Welbeck as the game's big turning point.

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Welbeck actually opened the scoring against his old club, putting Brighton in the lead inside the first 15 minutes. Maupay put in an excellent cross from the right wing, Welbeck met it with a header and - although Dean Henderson pulled off a fine reaction save - the ball went right back to Welbeck, who nodded into the net at the second attempt.

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Manchester United had more possession in the first half, but - aside from a Greenwood shot which struck the post while the game was at 0-0 - it was Brighton who boasted the better chances.

The home side finally sprung into life just after the hour mark. Bruno Fernandes played in Marcus Rashford with a precise pass, the striker opened up his body and made no mistake with a fine finish across goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.

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Then came the controversial incident between Maguire and Welbeck, before Greenwood's late goal ensured a 2-1, come-from-behind win for United at Old Trafford.

Topics: Harry Maguire, Manchester United, Brighton and Hove Albion, Premier League, Danny Welbeck

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