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.
Ashley Young trying to compete with De Gea for save of the season — Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) April 7, 2018
How has Ashley Young got away with that 😂😂😂😂😂 — THE POWER MUFC 🇾🇪 (@EamonnPower23) April 7, 2018
Ashley Young producing a hand ball inside his own six yard box to prevent City from scoring and it goes unpenalised.
Vintage Mourinho, vintage United. pic.twitter.com/0baVYfvWN9 — CaughtOffside (@caughtoffside) April 7, 2018
10 minutes played & I think it's safe to say Ashley Young must have inappropriate pictures of Martin Atkinson 😂 — Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) April 7, 2018
Ashley Young getting away with two of the most blatant infringements you’ll ever see. — Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) April 7, 2018
Ashley young is lucky to be on the pitch. — City Chief ️ (@City_Chief) April 7, 2018
Sorry but that is a penalty. Accidental or not he could have prevented the contact and he did stop a clear goalscoring opportunity. I would not have given a card but certainly given the pen. — BigZombieMonkey (@BigZombieMonkey) April 7, 2018
Ashley Young is always a concern defensively. Need to get a left back in the summer— Mark Goldbridge (@markgoldbridge) April 7, 2018
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.