Some frustrating footage has emerged from Saturday’s game at Old Trafford, showing that referee Anthony Taylor was NOT even watching the play as Jonjo Shelvey’s free kick struck Ashley Young’s outstretched arm in the first half.
At this stage (40 minutes into the game) we were 0-2 up, meaning this could and should have been a penalty which could’ve sent us into the break with a 0-3 lead.
Young’s arm was in an unnatural position and it was quite clearly a penalty, but as the picture and clip below highlights, Anthony Taylor was too busy looking at the action around the six yard box to even notice that it had struck his elbow:
It’s always a help if you’re actually looking ref… pic.twitter.com/toIT3aVvzD
— Martin Hardy (@mhardysport) October 6, 2018
Not only did he fail to give a penalty, we weren’t even awarded a corner – proving that Taylor was not watching the play.
I’m not taking anything away from their comeback – they responded brilliantly in the second half and we had no response – however, if this is given and we make it 0-3, I really don’t see us losing this match.
A 3-3 draw may well have occurred, but it’s hard to feel like we weren’t robbed of a potential point – with it made all the more frustrating when you see that the referee wasn’t even watching!
Yes it’s convenient to highlight this when we lost a two goal lead, but I’m quite sure Manchester United fans would be up in arms about this if the shoe was on the other foot.
Further proof that VAR may well be needed?
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