Manchester United midfielder Fred insists that the penalty awarded to Arsenal on Sunday was never a close to consider as a penalty.
The Gunners were given a penalty kick in the second half after Alexander Lacazette was brought down by Fred inside United’s penalty box and Jonathan Moss, the centre referee, made no hesitation to point at the spot.
Arsenal were already 1-0 up before the incident and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored from the spot to hand his side a major advantage of finishing in the top four.
After the final whistle, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ashley Young and other pundits slams the referee’s decision as they feel it was too soft to be considered as a penalty and Fred believes it wasn’t even a foul if it had happened outside the box.
“It wasn’t a penalty, I touched Lacazette on his upside on a normal game situation,” the Brazilian told ESPN after the game.
“If it was in the middle of the field, I believe he wouldn’t whistle, but he decided to give the penalty.
“I don’t agree with the referee decision.
The former Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder was excellent for Manchester United on Wednesday night and his performance against the Parisians forced Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to consider playing the Brazil international on Sunday.
However, his performance against the Gunners was not too impressive but the 25-year-old midfielder thinks he played well for United yesterday.
Fred added: “I think it was a good match for me, and I hope I can continue doing a good work.
“For the next games, I hope to be inside the field helping the team, but if not, I’ll be helping them with motivation. Now we’ll move forward, keeping our heads up and looking for the victories.”
The defeat was not only Solskjaer’s first loss in the Premier League since his arrival but his run of nine successive away wins came to an end, but Fred is confident United can bounce back in the FA Cup against Wolves at the weekend.
“Unfortunately, defeats are part of the game. We were on a great run since Ole arrival, with no losses,” Fred added.
“It serve as a lesson to us, we have had a beautiful victory on last Wednesday for Champions, but today we suffered two goals and got the defeat.
Manchester United have eight more matches in the Premier League and won’t feature in the league this weekend due to their quarter final clash against Wolves in the FA Cup.