Twitter Thread Tries To Expose Manchester United's Penalties Through The Season
By Mike Parrott
A Twitter thread has gone viral, supposedly "exposing" Manchester United's ability to win penalties in the last two seasons. The Red Devils have had 13 penalties given this season, a Premier League record.
Manchester United are currently in their best run of form since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson. The Red Devils are currently on a 17-game unbeaten streak and just recently broke the record for most games won in a row with three clear goals.
With United slowly showing the potential of going back to the ability that they were once known for, rival fans on Twitter have started trying to nitpick the team to try and bring down the most in-form team in the League down a peg or two.
A Liverpool fan with the Twitter handle, @LfcOkx, created a Twitter thread supposedly 'exposing' Manchester United constantly diving to win their record number of penalties this Season.
The Twitter thread consists of over 10 challenges that Manchester United won the foul for, with five of them being penalties.
Even though the penalties given aren't stonewall, it can very easily be debated that Defenders are taught not to slide in on tackles in their own box which gives the whole advantage to the attacker. Attackers in modern football are taught to exaggerate contact, especially in the box, to give their team an advantage.
'Diving' has also benefited the attacker in the Premier League for over 15 years now with Jose Mourinho's Chelsea being known as one of the biggest innovators of it.
However, a lot of the "cheating" seen in these videos, especially outside the box, are defenders aggressively sliding in and can easily be seen as reckless challenges which according to the FA, must be given a yellow card for doing so:
"Reckless is when a player acts with disregard to the danger to, or consequences for, an opponent and must be cautioned."
Then again, if we looked at other decisions in regards to other teams, you can see that it isn't just Manchester United who get the benefit of the doubt, but also big teams such as Manchester City and Chelsea.
And as we've also seen, Liverpool can also benefit from this, such as in the 2019 UEFA Champions League Final.
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