Marcus Rashford was in an offside position during the Manchester derby, and Manchester United took full advantage of the situation, but Bruno Fernandes was given the opportunity to tie the score for the home team. There will be inquiries into whether Rashford obstructed the game by unintentionally attracting Manchester City players.
The victory over Manchester City on January 14 at Old Trafford, albeit in contentious circumstances, was Erik ten Hag’s biggest triumph as manager of Manchester United. With the victory, Manchester United entered the title race discussion as they closed the gap to six points between themselves and league leaders Arsenal and Manchester City.
Bruno Fernandes’ goal for the home team after Jack Grealish had given the reigning champions the lead made the game contentious, though. When Casemiro sent a ball toward the goal, Marcus Rashford protested it even though he was clearly offside. For his teammate Fernandes, who was on the appropriate side, the England international passed the ball. The minute the ball was lifted past Ederson by Fernandes, the celebrations temporarily came to an end.
The goal was initially disallowed by the linesman, but it was eventually awarded following a brief conversation with the referee, Stuart Atwell.
Manchester City players argued that because Rashford chose to compete for the ball when offside, the goal ought to have been disallowed because he was interfering with the game.
Rashford must not have touched the ball or interfered with an opponent, according to United’s defense.
Another defense is that Ederson stepped out because he believed Rashford was attempting to get the ball.
Since Atwell was unconvinced that Rashford had interfered with another player, the goal stood. There was no need for the Video Assistant Referee to intervene. After four minutes, Rashford scored the game-winning goal with help from Alejandro Garnacho.
Despite the choice, the victory demonstrated United’s development under 10 Hag. Grealish’s goal was the only shot on goal for Manchester City.
Following Saturday’s convincing derby victory against Manchester City, all Manchester United supporters reached the same conclusion. In a contest that picked up in the second half, United overcame a deficit to defeat City 2-1.
As soon as Jack Grealish scored off Kevin de Bruyne’s pass in the 60th minute, it appeared as though the visitors had grabbed control of the match.
@ChrisBlackham said: “Goal stands by the rules but if you can tell me with a straight face that Ederson takes up that position if Rashford isn’t interfering you are kidding yourself,”
@KofiJonah1 said: “United fans should enjoy this decision that went in their favour. They’ll be on the other end next time. It always happens What goes around comes around “
@BannaSpur said: “If a player shields the ball, it is counted as him/her having possession…so yeah, offside for sure. “
@SportsDjf said: “The only way that Rashford could not have affected play is A. He stops running to allow Bruno to play the ball. Or B he runs away from the ball. Running over the hall like that commits the goalie. Would the net have been empty for Bruno if Rashford hadn’t?”