Jamie O’Hara accuses Cristiano Ronaldo of ‘diving’ during Man Utd’s win over West Ham

Cristiano Ronaldo could not believe he was denied three penalties against West Ham (Getty)

Jamie O’Hara has accused Cristiano Ronaldo of diving to attempt to win a penalty during Manchester United’s win away at West Ham on Sunday, adding that the referee was right not to award a spot kick. 

Ronaldo believed he had a claim for three penalties in the second half of Manchester United’s 2-1 win, in a game which saw Mark Noble have a penalty saved in stoppage time by David De Gea after Jesse Lingard had given the Red Devils the lead just minutes earlier.

The 36-year-old collided with Czech defender Vladimir Coufal, before asking for another penalty shortly after following a coming together with Angelo Ogbonna. He then remonstrated with the officials again after a challenge from former Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma was also deemed to be fair. 

While O’Hara believes the challenge from Coufal should’ve been given, he thinks Ronaldo has to stay on his feet for longer during the Zouma incident. 

That’s 100 percent a penalty [Coufal on Ronaldo], he’s chopped him, he’s stuck his leg out, it’s 100 percent a penalty. I cannot believe they’ve not given it,’ he told TalkSPORT.

‘For me that’s not a penalty [Zouma on Ronaldo], he’s running at pace, yes he’s knocked it past Zouma, but if you look at it from other angles, he’s dived. He’s looking for the penalty, yes Zouma is late.

Ronaldo has now scored four goals in three matches since signing from Juventus (Getty)

‘If he puts it past him and takes the contact, it’s a penalty. But what annoys me with Ronaldo on that one is he’s already looking for it. He knows he can’t get a shot off, he pushes it past him, sees there is going to be a tackle and he’s already going over, that’s not a penalty, that’s a dive!

‘The fact you go down before you’ve even felt the contact, you’re diving.’

Meanwhile, Ally Mcoist had a different view about the situation and believed Ronaldo should have had two penalties. 

‘Whether it annoys Jamie or not, it’s a penalty. Your natural instinct as a player is to protect yourself, Zouma Is late, it’s a rash challenge, it’s a penalty,’ he said. 

After the game, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left bemused why the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, who scored his fourth goal in three games since his return to the club during Sunday’s victory, wasn’t awarded at least two of the three decisions. 

Solskjaer was left confused as to why his side wasn’t given two penalties (Picture: Getty)

‘Two [should have been awarded] first and the last,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘I think they’re stonewall you can’t even argue them. I think the first one the lad puts his leg up Cristiano runs straight and is fouled.

‘The last one, Paul had a foul against Kurt Zouma went over him. So why is Cristiano third appeal not a penalty?

‘Hopefully it won’t be Cristiano is never going to get a penalty.’

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