Fan footage shows Maguire's angry reaction to disallowed goal
Man United defender Harry Maguire protests he ‘wasn’t even involved’ as fan footage shows his angry reaction to DISALLOWED goal against Fulham… as he was judged to be interfering with play from an offside position
- Scott McTominay thought he put Man United ahead early into clash with Fulham
- The goal was disallowed after a lengthy VAR check as Maguire was offside
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Harry Maguire’s furious reaction to Manchester United’s disallowed goal against Fulham has been leaked in fan footage posted on social media.
Erik ten Hag’s side picked up a narrow 1-0 victory in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday, thanks to a stoppage-time strike from Bruno Fernandes.
However, their afternoon could have been a lot more comfortable if Scott McTominay’s eighth minute goal had not been disallowed. Christian Eriksen floated a free-kick to the back post where Alejandro Garnacho diverted the ball back across the face of goal for McTominay to poke the ball home.
VAR though recommended referee John Brooks to check the monitor as Maguire was deemed to be offside and impacting the play despite not touching the ball.
Fan footage shows that while the official was looking at the screen, Maguire was shouting at him, protesting his innocence.
Fan footage has shown Harry Maguire protesting his innocence as the referee checked whether he was offside in the build-up to Scott McTominay’s goal for Manchester United
Maguire (second United player from right) was judged to be interfering with play despite not touching the ball – as Alejandro Garnacho’s cross was tucked home by Scott McTominay
The goal was disallowed because of Maguire’s presence much to United’s frustration
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United are already nine points adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester City, but Ten Hag has issued a rallying call telling his struggling superstars to ‘stick together’ during their current difficult patch.
The former United captain said: ‘I wasn’t even involved ref. Hey! I wasn’t even involved.
‘F***ing hell I wasn’t even involved.’
Maguire’s protests ultimately fell on deaf ears as Brooks chalked the goal off, much to the frustration of United players and manager Ten Hag.
The defender’s presence stopped Fulham’s Rodrigo Muniz from getting across to stop the ball before it was met by Garnacho at the back post.
It took about four minutes though for a decision to be made with VAR taking a few looks at whether Maguire was interfering in play, before passing it over to Brooks to check out himself as it was a subjective decision.
Rio Ferdinand on TNT said: ‘In the end, it’s the right decision. Man United fans are feeling aggrieved in the stadium, but Harry Maguire does get in the way of the defender. He influences the defender’s decision, affects his position.
‘It was a great ball across from [Alejandro] Garnacho, good finish from McTominay. I agree with the on-field decision.’
The VAR check took four minutes before it was ruled that United’s goals should not count
United ultimately took the three points after Bruno Fernandes netted a stoppage-time winner
On the length of time it took to get the decision made, Cole added: ‘We saw the debacle at White Hart Lane (Tottenham Hotspur Stadium) with the VAR (Luiz Diaz’s controversially disallowed goal).
‘It’s a real tricky situation because Harry Maguire is offside, and he does make an attempt. Clearly he’s affecting the game so they do get it right.
[In the studio] We’ve got 35, 40 minutes to make up our minds. They’ve got four minutes. They’ve got it right.’
What could have been a comfortable afternoon if that goal had stood turned into a nervous one for Ten Hag on the back of consecutive 3-0 defeats.
They walked away with the three points though after Fernandes stepped up when needed to net the winner.
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