Since the resumption of the Premier League, much has been made about the added leniency referees have been operating with.
For many, it has been a refreshing change of pace after last season was dominated by incessant VAR controversies. For others, things are moving too far in the opposite direction.
When even Graeme Souness (albeit with the caveat that he’s talking about a man he expects to produce four assists per game) laments a tackle, it’s fair to assume it’s at least a relatively controversial one.
Still, perhaps that incident wasn’t the biggest talking point of the match.
The Portuguese cut the ball back from the by-line in the first-half following after seeing his goal-bound shot blocked by Aaron Wan-Bissaka, only to be taken out by the Welshman.
Quite why the challenge wasn’t looked at again is unclear, particularly given James appeared to be out of control when steaming into the Barcelona loanee.
“I swear this wasn’t shown by Sky as they were showing a replay at the time,” said one fan in the Reddit discussion.
“I was watching this live was wondered where the Wolves player went, I see James sent him to the shadow realm,” claimed another.
“He came in hot and when he wanted to stop he indeed did slip. It’s still a reckless action that should’ve been given as a foul,” argued a user.
“Sheeeeeesh. This is a pen imo,” said another.
On another day, Wolves might have had the rub of the green. For United, it certainly was a lucky escape.