Manchester United have been sent crashing back down to earth after a comeback from Leicester City saw them lose a seemingly comfortable tie 5-3. United were 3-1 up after Ander Herrera's 53rd minute goal and seemingly cruising - but goals from David Nugent, Esteban Cambiasso, Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa saw Leicester City complete a fantastic and memorable victory.
But that does not tell the whole story. United's capitulation was inexcusable but so was the abysmal refereeing display from Mark Clattenburg.
He failed to award Rafael a foul before then giving a penalty against the Brazilian who was rtightly feeling aggrieved. He then failed to give a shove against Vardy again on Tyler Blackett before he raced clear to get fouled by Blackett, who was duly shown a red-card.
It was a poor performance from the official and United have an odd ally in that belief. West Ham United summer signing Diego Poyet sent out this Tweet after the game:
Fair play to Leicester, but the turning point in the game was the clear foul on Rafael that wasn't given and led to him giving the pen away.— Diego Poyet (@diegopoyet7) September 21, 2014
The West Ham youngster, and son of Sunderland boss Gustavo Poyet certainly hits the nail on the head. United should have stood firm despite the penalty award but the reality is this - if Clattenburg had done his job properly United would have won this afternoon.