United recorded their first Premier League win at Old Trafford this season in controversial fashion, needing a retaken second-half penalty from Bruno Fernandes to stumble across the line.
With the game tied at 0-0 in the second period, West Brom were awarded a penalty for Fernandes’ challenge on Conor Gallagher in the box.
But upon advice from VAR to check his pitch-side monitor, referee Coote changed his mind, adjudging that Fernandes got a touch on the ball.
United then went up the other end minutes later and earned a penalty for themselves after Semi Ajayi’s handball.
Fernandes’ spot-kick was saved by Sam Johnstone, but it was forced to be retaken with the Baggies goalkeeper clearly off his line.
And Portugal international Fernandes scored his second effort, handing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side all three points at Old Trafford.
But speaking on BT Sport after the game, United legend Ferdinand was fuming at referee Coote for reversing his original decision.
‘It’s a disgraceful decision, he got it right first time’, the former England defender said.
‘He’s gone there looking at it [the screen]. How do you actually go against the decision that you made initially when you’re looking at it again in slow-mo?
‘The more you look at it the more it’s a pen.
‘I’ve seen it 50 times I still can’t make my mind up,’ Scholes added. ‘I know it does look like a little bit on shin-on-shin.
‘It does look like he [Fernandes] touches the ball a little bit. From another angle you can see Bruno’s reaction to go straight away to the referee to complain. I don’t think it’s totally conclusive.’