Pardew: Rojo should've been sent off

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew felt Marcos
Rojo deserved to be sent off for his two-footed
tackle during Manchester United's win on
Zlatan Ibrahimovic netted an 88th-minute winner
as United trump Palace in a match overshadowed
by controversy.
Rojo's lunge on Wilfried Zaha was among the
contentious incidents, with the United defender only
booked, having also been fortunate to be yellow
carded for a similar challenge on Everton's Idrissa
Gueye almost a fortnight ago.
Reflecting on the tackle, Pardew said: "From the
sideline it did look bad.
"He jumps two footed and we've been to all these
meetings where that's a red card."
Pardew was also left frustrated by United's
opening goal on the stroke of half-time.
Paul Pogba put United ahead after Ibrahimovic
appeared to use his arm to deflect the ball into the
path of his French team-mate, while there were
also suggestions the former was in an offside
position when he tucked the ball beyond Wayne
"The first goal was a call the linesman should have
seen," Pardew added. "I thought it was offside even
from where I was standing. He refereed the game
aggressively, I thought. There were a lot of fouls in
the game, it could have flowed a little bit more."
Palace are now 16th in the table, just three points
above the relegation zone, having won just one of
their last 10 matches.
Pardew, however, remains upbeat about his team's
chances following their performance against United
at Selhurst Park.
"I have to look at my team and say they were
committed tonight," he said. "We tried to make it
very difficult for Man Utd. Offensively, I think we
could have done a little bit better in the first half in
certain situations.
"We certainly deserved to come in 0-0, the
decision was a tough one for us, a couple of bad
decisions in that first half.
"Second half we had a good little spell, got a great
goal and it was a shame we couldn't kick on from
there. In the end we were undone by two of their
best players and I just feel for my team because
they gave me everything tonight."

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