Leicester coach admits fortunate penalty decision against United

Kevin Phillips

Kevin Phillips admits that a foul should have been given in the build up to Leicester City's penalty against Manchester United.

Leicester City coach Kevin Phillips admits that the Foxes were fortunate to receive a penalty against Manchester United, which ended up turning the match, at the weekend.

Leicester ran out 5-3 winners against United in one of the most memorable matches in recent times, but they had referee Mark Clattenburg to thank, to an extent, as his decision provided them with a route back into the match.

Clattenburg didn't give a foul when Jamie Vardy appeared to barge Rafael off the ball before winning a penalty, and Phillips admits that his side were rather fortunate to be given the decision.

"It was certainly a foul by Jamie on Rafael in the build-up, there’s no denying that," Phillips admitted in his column for Sky Sports. "But how many times have teams been on the end of dodgy decisions against Man United?

"Even in the first half, they got a few free-kicks that weren’t. It led to the penalty and when Nuge [David Nugent] stepped up, I had every confidence he’d score."

Nugent's spot kick put Nigel Pearson's men back into the match at 3-2 and they went on to complete the comeback with a thrilling display of attacking football. 

United, of course, cannot blame the referee for their defeat and will have further questions of their defending asked because of the loss, but they will feel rather hard-done by.

The result leaves Louis Van Gaal's side back at square one after a disappointing start to the season and they are now scratching their heads about how to get back into title contention. 

The Red Devils have an abundance of quality up-front, but their squad looks top-heavy and whilst these defensive problems persist they are unlikely to be able to climb the table. 

Leicester, meanwhile, will be very optimistic about the future and they look set to defy the odds and beat the drop fairly comfortably if they keep their current form up. 

Register for MANCHESTER UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch