Manchester City must wait to secure the Premier League title after Manchester United mounted an incredible second-half derby fightback to come from two goals down to win at Etihad Stadium.
The game wasn’t without controversy however and there were three incidents for Mark Halsey to dissect:
1. Ashley Young handball, should have been a penalty – Difficult decision for Martin but what is AR Lee Betts doing? He had a great view and should be alerting the referee. Martin was too far away and players were in the way so that’s why he hasn’t seen it, so for me Lee has to get involved.
2. Another Young foul, another penalty – United were lucky that Atkinson didnt recognise this as a foul challenge when Young fouled Sergio Aguero in the penalty area with a reckless challenge with excessive force. Immediately Martin waves it away and so the AR Stephen Child won’t get involved. Young was lucky on both occasions that the referee didn’t penalise both incidents.
3. Fernandinho should have seen red – Moments after that penalty incident Fernandinho fouled Lingard with a reckless excessive force challenge. He should have seen red. He momentarily lost control of the game and that’s why we saw tempers flare towards the end.