VAR denies Chelsea penalty as Cesar Azpilicueta questions Man Utd incident

Chelsea star Cesar Azpilicueta has questioned the decision not to award a penalty following a challenge from Harry Maguire.

The Blues earned a point against Manchester United in a dull goalless draw at Old Trafford.

Though many felt the visitors should have had a penalty following a tussle between Azpilicueta and Maguire in the penalty box.

Maguire seemed to drag the Blues captain down from a cross though no penalty was given even with VAR involved.

On whether the challenge should have been a penalty, Azpilicueta told Sky Sports: “A good question, on the pitch I felt yes and I felt arms around my neck and shoulders.

“The referee can make the decision, the VAR is there [to help]. In any situation the referee takes the main decisions and the monitor is there for him to help.

“It was 50-50 so why not take 20 seconds to review it? I think VAR can improve a lot.

“It happens, it is football, I don't say every time there is contact there should be a penalty. In England there is strong physical contact.

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“In football and in the Premier League always we should seek improvement – it is not a criticism, we can all help together to make a better league.”

Chelsea struggled going forward with Frank Lampard’s side seemingly more determined to keep a clean sheet than score.

Azpilicueta added: "I have the feeling we could have done more. We found spaces but we didn't create the last pass or pick the right pass or make the right decisions.

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“We defended solid and they have at the end one save by Edouard [Mendy] and in the first half one mistake by us, but we could do more.

"For moments we had spells. In the first half we controlled better but in the second half sometimes we rushed it and didn't move the ball good enough.

“We lost possession too easily which meant we lost some control but we showed solidity and it was a great effort from everybody. Obviously we want more."

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