Manchester United supporters expressed their frustration at Diogo Dalot’s red card, highlighting the perceived inconsistency in officiating compared to Darwin Nunez’s actions during the 0-0 draw against their Premier League rivals.
In the dying moments of the match, Dalot vehemently contested a throw-in decision, receiving a yellow card for gesturing towards referee Michael Oliver.
Within seconds, another display of dissent led to a second yellow, reducing United to ten men just before the final whistle.
However, fans were bewildered by Nunez escaping similar punishment despite his earlier acts of dissent.
Nunez, booked in the 20th minute for colliding with Jonny Evans, avoided a second yellow for kicking the ball away after the whistle and sarcastically applauding the officials.
United supporters criticized the lack of consistency in refereeing decisions, questioning why Nunez was not penalized for his actions.
The perceived disparity in punishment for Dalot’s reaction and Nunez’s behavior left fans dismayed.
PGMOL chief Howard Webb’s call for stricter enforcement of dissent rules earlier in the season was referenced, emphasizing the need for consistent application throughout the campaign.
Despite the controversial incidents, United managed to secure a point and a clean sheet at Anfield, preventing Liverpool from winning at home this season.
The draw prevents Jurgen Klopp’s side from reclaiming the Premier League’s top spot, which Arsenal had earlier seized with a victory over Brighton.
The result offers some respite for Erik ten Hag after a challenging week, marked by a 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth and elimination from European competition.
However, concerns linger over United’s lack of attacking prowess, having scored in just one of their last five matches.