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'Save of the season!' - Ashley Young's handball in the box overlooked by referee in Manchester derby

19:58 GMT+3 07/04/2018
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The Man Utd defender slipped in the area and the ball collided with his arm, but referee Martin Atkinson was deaf to Man City appeals

Manchester United full-back Ashley Young can consider himself extremely fortunate to have escaped without any punishment after appearing to handball in his own 18-yard box early in their clash with Manchester City.

The Red Devils defender slipped in the middle of the United area as David Silva slid a low ball across the face of goal, but City's appeals for a penalty were waved away by referee Martin Atkinson.

Immediate reaction on social media was almost unanimous in believing Young was lucky not to concede a spot kick, with many wondering why on earth the referee overlooked the infringement.

Pep Guardiola's side can be crowned Premier League champions against their biggest rivals with a victory at the Etihad Stadium.

Jose Mourinho's men, who are second in the league, can push the title celebrations into a future gameweek with a draw or victory.