Sky Sports have today flagged up a potential penalty incident that VAR missed during last night’s 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford, showing Man Utd’s Harry Maguire clear out Jamaal Lascelles just three minutes into the match.
Speaking on The Football Show this morning, Sky pundits Stephen Warnock and Sue Smith believe the Red Devils skipper has “got away with one”, yet former Premier League referee Dermot Gallagher insists it wasn’t a penalty…somehow.
In fact, he even reveals that VAR did check the incident but saw nothing wrong with it, claiming Maguire just ‘blocked off Lascelles as players do in the penalty area’ – ignoring the fact he looks at him and cuts off his run with an elbow!
See Dermot Gallagher’s verdict on both incidents below, with him also discussing Joe Willock’s ‘trip’ on Marcus Rashford:
I don’t mind VAR if it’s used right, but the Maguire incident is a stone-wall penalty for me and potential red card given he throws an elbow at Lascelles.
Yet that’s looked at, ignored and described as ‘nothing’, while Willock barely touches Rashford and that’s not overturned. Don’t get me wrong, it looked a clumsy tackle, but when you look at both incidents again there’s only one that shows obvious contact and a clear foul!
Put it this way, if that was Lascelles blocking off Maguire, I think Man Utd get that penalty.