Ref Watch: Injury-time inconsistency, Emerson Royal red, Thiago Silva handball and more

Ref Watch: Injury-time inconsistency, Emerson Royal red, Thiago Silva handball and more

Here to defend two minutes of injury-time after seven substitutions and five goals at the Etihad, plus much more - is former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher with Ref Watch.

Although the result was already far beyond doubt, eyebrows were raised in the Manchester City ranks when only two additional minutes were signalled by the fourth official at the end of their 6-3 rout of United in the Manchester derby - after witnessing three separate substitution stoppages and five second-half goals.

Here's how he assessed the rest of the weekend's talking points...

"It's what we've seen this season, we've seen a challenge directly above the ankle, with the studs. I defend the referee compared to the Virgil van Dijk challenge in the Merseyside derby, but I don't think that was a red card anyway."

He is shown a yellow card - but Palace chairman Steve Parish tweets, "What is the point in VAR?" in frustration that he was not sent off.

"Someone did throw in a red herring to me saying there's two handballs so two yellow cards, but you only give one handball so that kills that one."

"If he gets a penalty given against him, I don't think he's got much argument about it."

"You're sent off on the halfway line with very little danger, and he's paid a very, very heavy price. He's given the referee no option."

"I wonder, when Tom goes to the screen, whether he's thinking about the fact that Ajer's got the ball. There's no doubt he's got it, eventually. He may have not recognised that he's gone through the player first."

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