In football as in other sports, there are the rules, the spirit of the rules and above all fair play. It seems that only rules were important on the lawn of Old Trafford this Thursday night against Arsenal. The Gunners scored a goal in a completely new streak … Where even the referee seemed lost as to the right decision to make.
On a corner, Fred stepped on the ankle of his own goalkeeper, David De Gea. The Spaniard twisted in pain, lying on his line, his back to the game. In the process, Emile Smith Rowe sent a shot on target, which necessarily ended at the back of the net, the Mancunian cages no longer being guarded. The referee is at first a little lost when he realizes that De Gea is lying on the ground. But in the atrium, the VAR tells him to validate the goal. In the strict interpretation of the rules, there is probably no reason to overrule the goal.
Manchester United players are dumbfounded. Those of Arsenal, like their coach, rejoice. If they are not the ones who made the decision, we can regret these celebrations not fair play at all.
At the end of the first period, Bruno Fernandes equalized. Cristiano Ronaldo then gave the advantage to Mancuniens in the 52nd, scoring the 800th goal of his career. Odegaard put the two teams tied moments later. CR7 put that back, on the penalty spot, to give himself a double and give his team the advantage, 3-2.