page contents

VAR drama sees Manchester United carve three points right at the death

Brighton & Hove Albion faced Manchester United at the Amex Stadium yesterday. It was United’s first away game of the season. The game was one of luck, of lost opportunities and turn-arounds. United emerged victorious through a last-minute penalty but the game had a different story to tell.

The starting few minutes of the game were quite mundane. Both the teams seemed to struggle with none of them able to keep the ball for long. However, BHA was looking a bit sharper than United. Just before the 10-minute mark, a powerful shot by Trossard hit the pole and United was saved from an early tragedy. BHA was on an attacking spree with a number of attacks. Trossard, Maupay and March were on the top of their forms. BHA also enjoyed some good ball possession.

Bruno Fernandes earned a yellow card early in the game. Later, Bruno made a challenge in the penalty area which led to a penalty kick being awarded to BHA. Since Bruno had already earned a yellow for himself, the prospect of getting a red was looming. However, the referee did not give a red card. Maupay took the penalty kick and easily chipped the ball into the goal. However, this wasn’t all.

Also read: Left Or Right? – A Mason Greenwood story.

Earlier, Greenwood found the back of the net but he was in an offside position hence the goal was disallowed. Some drama was still left in the first half. United got a free-kick at the edge of the box . Harry Maguire tapped in to find the back of the net. However, it was later evident that Ben Dunk had scored an own goal. United was back at parity with BHA.

A dramatic second half

This half was of extreme dominance showed by BHA. Earlier in the half Marcus Rashford seemed to have scored but yet again VAR disallowed the goal on account of an offside. Later, BHA went on an attacking spree. A shot hit the pole and another hit the cross-bar. Yet again, the holes in United’s defense were exposed. BHA exploited those to the fullest.

After that there was a moment of glory for United. A terrific long ball by Bruno found Marcus Rashford. Rashford showed an excellent display of skills and composure to score a cool goal. But the goal did not put an end to United’s woes. There was a relentless attack from BHA. In one of the instances, the referee awarded another penalty to BHA for Pogba’s challenge. However later, the penalty was reversed by VAR and Pogba was saved from a yellow card.

The game progressed and late in the stoppage time, March scored an equalizer for BHA. With only a few minutes left to go, there was another goal in store for the match. United earned a late penalty again in the 7th minute of the extra time. Bruno converted the shot and saved United from a sure tie.

United won the game but there are huge problems that need immediate addressing. BHA on the other hand will gain a huge confidence boost for their campaign. BHA was certainly the better team even according to the stats. They had greater ball possession and more shots on target as compared to United. But then, the beautiful game has its own ways. Stay tuned.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: