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What Bruno Fernandes told Man Utd stars after giving away penalty vs West Brom

Bruno Fernandes doesn't think he did anything wrong after West Brom were awarded a penalty at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Referee David Coote agreed with the Portuguese star after overturning his original decision after checking the pitchside VAR monitor.

Baggies fans feel aggrieved that the penalty wasn't given after Fernandes and Conor Gallagher clashed shins in the United box.

However, Nemanja Matic says from the outset, Fernandes has been adamant of his innocence.

"Bruno said straight away that he had the ball at first," said the Manchester United midfielder after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side won 1-0 on Saturday evening.

"The referee gave the penalty but VAR is there to see and to make correct decisions. That's why people made VAR, to reduce the mistakes and to give correct decisions.

"I think it was not a penalty and I'm happy that he overturned."

Fernandes also gave a similar version of events when quizzed on the matter at full-time.

“In the first moment I touched the ball and after I touched the ball I have not seen the images since, but in that first moment I feel like I have touched the ball and then, after, the player,” he said of the incident.

Fernandes grabbed the winner by notching his own spot-kick at the other end soon after the Gallagher debacle.

But the midfielder needed two bites at the cherry after Sam Johnstone came off his line to save the first effort.

“Not good. You need to do it the first time," Fernandes said about his penalty.

“It doesn’t matter that the keeper comes off the line, I’m not happy I didn’t score the first time.

"Okay, I scored the second one but I need to score the second one.

“At this point, the most important thing is the three points. It was the most important but we know we can do much better and we will do for sure.”

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