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    Referee Andre Marriner made the correct decision not to award Manchester United a penalty following Nacho Monreals challenge on Antonio Valencia. Thats the view of former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher, who says Marriner made the right call during Uniteds 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Saturday.We asked Gallagher to give his verdict on several of the weekends controversial incidents, including Callum Wilsons penalty appeal against Stoke and Virgil van Dijks shirt pull on Roberto Firmino at St Marys. W Brom vs Burnley November 21, 2016, 7:00pm Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass MATCH: Stoke 0-1 Bournemouth, Premier League, SaturdayINCIDENT: No penalty for Bournemouth after Ryan Shawcross challenge on Callum Wilson Were Bournemouth denied a blatant penalty against Stoke? SCENARIO: Wilson is through on goal and brought down by Shawcross, but the Stoke defender is not penalised.DERMOTS VERDICT: Wrong decision.DERMOT SAYS: The only thing I can say here is the learning point for the referee is, if you miss something you miss it. Dont see something that didnt happen - hes pointed to the ball as if the defender got the ball, which he quite clearly didnt. Its stonewall, you will never see a clearer penalty.INCIDENT: No foul by Wilfried Bony Was Wilfried Bony lucky to avoid a red card against Bournemouth? SCENARIO: Bony is on a yellow card when he appears to go over the top of Simon Francis leg. The referee awards a drop ball after a conversation with the fourth official.DERMOTS VERDICT: Wrong decision.DERMOT SAYS: He awarded a drop ball because he doesnt think it is a foul - its definitely a foul. The referee hasnt seen it for whatever reason, but its definitely at least a second yellow card for Bony. It could well be serious foul play and a red card. It certainly wasnt an incident where the referee should be giving nothing.MATCH: Man Utd 1-1 Arsenal, Premier League, SaturdayINCIDENT: No penalty for Nacho Monreals challenge on Antonio Valencia Should Man Utd have had a penalty against Arsenal? SCENARIO: Valencia skips around Monreal and goes down in the penalty area, with the Arsenal defenders arm across his Manchester United opponent, but the referee does not award a spot-kick.DERMOTS VERDICT: Correct decision.DERMOT SAYS: I dont think it is a penalty. Monreal runs a risk by putting his arm out but Valencia is already on the way down. So many people looked at this on Saturday, some said yes, some said no, thats how tough this decision is. When that is the case, you have to support the referees call.INCIDENT: Matteo Darmian avoids second yellow card after challenge on Carl Jenkinson Should Matteo Darmian have been sent off against Arsenal? SCENARIO: Darmian had already been booked when he went in late on Jenkinson on the touchline. The referee gave a free-kick but did not issue a second yellow card.DERMOTS VERDICT: Wrong decision initially, but correct decision overall.DERMOT SAYS: I think the referee makes his mistake by booking Darmian for the first challenge on Theo Walcott, I dont think it is a yellow card. Whether later he then thinks Ive been too harsh, I dont know, but for me the second challenge (on Jenkinson) is a yellow card. In isolation its a booking, but I think he may have thought, Im going to have to send him off for two yellow cards and one wasnt. When you look at them together, hes got the right outcome as Darmian stays on the pitch. Overall, he got it right.MATCH: Watford 2-1 Leicester, Premier League, SaturdayINCIDENT: Danny Drinkwaters apparent elbow on Valon Behrami Watch the incident involving Danny Drinkwater and Valon Behrami SCENARIO: Behrami goes down off the ball after an apparent elbow by Drinkwater but the referee appears not to see it.DERMOTS VERDICT: Drinkwater likely to face retrospective action.DERMOT SAYS: Its obviously not seen by the referee and I think this is quite blatant. The referee is following the ball and you have to presume he didnt see the actual incident. If you see that as a referee, you are sending him off. Nobody can argue with that because the pictures are quite damning.MATCH: Southampton 0-0 Liverpool, Premier League, SaturdayINCIDENT: Virgil van Dijks shirt pull on Roberto Firmino Take a closer look at Virgil van Dijks shirt pull on Roberto Firmino SCENARIO: Van Dijk pulls Firminos shirt as the Liverpool forward approaches the Southampton penalty area, but referee Mark Clattenburg waves away Firminos appeal.DERMOTS VERDICT: Van Dijk should have been penalised.DERMOT SAYS: This is a tough call for the referee because its difficult to determine whether its inside or outside the penalty area. It happens so fast. If its outside the penalty area, its a red card and a free kick. If its inside, its a penalty and a yellow card. Its tough for Mark because Van Dijks body actually shields the offence. It was not an easy one and Im still not sure whether its inside or outside even now.Upgrade to Sky Sports now and get 12 months half price. Hurry, offer ends December 4th! 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