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‘He’s a big tough centre half!’ – Andy Cole slams Thiago Silva after controversial penalty award in Chelsea’s draw against Manchester United


Thiago Silva won a controversial penalty against Manchester United (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Andy Cole has accused ‘big tough’ Thiago Silva of going down easily to win a penalty against Manchester United on Sunday.

Jorginho made amends for his earlier mistake when he scored from the penalty spot with fifteen minutes remaining at Stamford Bridge.

Anthony Taylor awarded a spot kick after Aaron Wan-Bissaka was adjudged to have brought down Silva following a Chelsea corner.

Michael Carrick was adamant that a penalty shouldn’t have been awarded in his post-match press conference and Cole believes ‘big, tough’ Silva bought a spot kick from the referee.

United players protested at the decision (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

‘For me Thiago Silva doesn’t have control of the ball anyway,’ Cole told Premier League Productions.

‘Now if this happens further up the pitch nine times out of ten you’re not getting a free-kick. The referee is waving play on. I’m not quite sure why he’s given a penalty there. It’s not a penalty for me.

‘In open play we’d just play on, otherwise you’d be stopping it every time the ball gets rolled forward and somebody makes a challenge. I’m not having it as a penalty. He’s a big tough centre half as well! I’m not having it!’

Cole feels the decision was ‘soft’ [Picture: PLP]

Ralf Rangnick was appointed United’s new interim manager today, with the German set to continue in a consultancy role for two years once the season finishes.

The 63-year-old is awaiting a visa to see if he can be in charge for Thursday’s clash against Arsenal.

Carrick will remain if a visa does not arrive in time.


MORE : Former Manchester United star Paul Parker tells Ralf Rangnick to get rid of two players

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