Referee Michael Oliver's decision not to give Fulham a penalty at Old Trafford on Monday night has restarted the debate surrounding refereeing decisions that favour top Premier League clubs at their own grounds. Patrick Vieira, the Manchester City executive, has since suggested that the biggest clubs benefit from key refereeing decisions at home, a claim denied by Sir Alex Ferguson. Back in WSC 203 (January 2004), Paul Benjamin looked back on Ruel Fox's goal for Norwich City a decade earlier – at the time the last penalty scored by an opposition player at Old Trafford – and asked both Fox and referee Peter Jones why United had gone so long without conceding

Comments (4)
Comment by Leon Tricker 2012-03-30 15:37:32

When people talk about Utd getting the 'big decisions' in their favour, I always think of when Pompey played Man Utd in the quarter final on the way to winning the cup in 2008. We got a penalty and Utd's keeper sent off at Old Trafford that day!

Comment by A Doctor Speaks 2012-03-30 18:00:25

Unfortunately Leon, that proved to be the exception not the rule!

Comment by Leon Tricker 2012-03-31 00:24:12

Very true! More's the pity - I think we'd all like to see more of Rio going in nets!

Comment by JimDavis 2012-03-31 20:49:51

I seem to remember Brian Robson's West Brom getting a penalty at OT in the second last game of the season to give us a point which stopped us being relegated that day. I've always felt that it was awarded to Robson rather than to West Brom.

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