This controversial goal caused consternation in the Manchester derby and frustration for Pep Guardiola: “The rules are just the rules”

Manchester United won the always hotly contested derby against city rivals City 2-1 on Saturday. Afterwards, it was mainly about Bruno Fernandes’ equalizer. He brought Man U back into the game with a questionable goal. The main players in this phase: the Portuguese himself, teammate Marcus Rashford, the referee and … the VAR.

Martin Vanhoof

The facts: in minute 78, Bruno Fernandes shoots Man United back to level with 1-1. The Portuguese outwitted City goalkeeper Ederson after a measured cross from Casemiro. Only that cross was actually intended for Marcus Rashford, but the Englishman cleverly lets the ball run because he realizes that he is offside.

However, the assistant referee saw that Rashford was offside and disallowed the goal. But that was not counted by the VAR, which still approved the goal. The video ref’s reasoning: Rashford does not touch the ball and therefore does not take part in play.

The decision by the VAR sparked furious protest from Manchester City players, who believed Rashford was indeed taking part in the game and influencing their defenders. After Casemiro’s cross, Manuel Akanji and Kyle Walker concentrated on Rashford, who seemed to want to take the ball. This gave Fernandes free play once Rashford let the ball pass. (Continue reading below the video.)

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Like his players, Pep Guardiola was not amused afterwards. “Rashford was offside, Fernandes was not. But whether Rashford took part or not, he was a distraction for our goalkeeper and our defense.” “The rules I know are just the rules.”

There was also a lot of discussion on Twitter. It was mainly suggested that the goal should simply have been disallowed.

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After the match, there was a riot between players of both teams in the players’ tunnel. Earlier, Grealish, who scored the goal at Man City, also struggled to hold back against the match management on the pitch

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