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Hammers deserved more says Pellegrini

14th April 2019, 02:59 by Michael Holland

Manuel Pellegrini says with VAR his West Ham side would have beaten Manchester United, not lost 2-1 at Old Trafford.

A brace of penalties from Paul Pogba - either side of Felipe Anderson's leveller - earned the home side all three points, however, Hammers boss Pellegrini questioned the awarding of both spot-kicks and rued Anderson having a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside when the score was goalless.

Pellegrini felt Anthony Martial was offside as he ran through on goal before being upended inside the box by Ryan Fredericks.

The Chilean acknowledged the decisions that went in favour of United were close calls for referee Graham Scott and his assistants, but that was no consolation.

"I'm frustrated of course because I think we deserved more," he said. "It was a pleasure to see the team playing the way we did against Manchester United in their own stadium.

"Unfortunately for us there were some decisions, they were very difficult so I am not complaining about him. But with VAR, I am sure we would win the game 1-0.

"Felipe Anderson was onside. It was not a penalty from Robert. The last goal from Man United was offside, the last pass. A few mistakes but the decisions went for United."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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