Andy Cole and Peter Schmeichel upset with Mike Dean over Juan Mata's red card

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The Manchester United legends were bemused by the referee's decision.

Manchester United legends Andy Cole and Peter Schmeichel have reacted to Juan Mata's red card in this afternoon's 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

The Spanish midfielder picked up two yellow cards from referee Mike Dean in the space of three first-half minutes.

His first booking came on 24 minutes for encroachment when he blocked a quickly-taken free kick, before he was then adjudged to have fouled Darren Fletcher.

The decision by Dean to brandish a second yellow has been met with derision from Schmeichel and Cole, with the duo suggesting that the referee got it wrong.

 

 

 

 

Former QPR and Manchester City man Rodney Marsh also offered his two cents on the decision.

Salomon Rondon's goal on 67 minutes was enough for the Baggies to deal United's Champions League hopes something of a blow.

Louis van Gaal's side stay sixth in the Premier League table, three points behind fourth-placed Manchester City who have a game in hand.

With Liverpool and West Ham United also in the running for a top-four finish, the defeat was not ideal for the Red Devils, who have nine games to go.

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