Manchester United recorded a 1-3 victory over Everton on Saturday afternoon at Goodison Park. Two goals scored by United midfielder Bruno Fernandez and the first goal for Edison Cavani were highlights of this fixture.
Everton winger Bernard scored the opening goal to give the Toffees lead but was canceled out by Fernandez’s two goals after six minutes. But the second half was very quiet in terms of goals until Cavani’s goal in extra-time but VAR’s controversial decisions were in action.
Video Assistant Referee(VAR) played a key role, which should have been the highlight in this match. Controversial video technology was once again questioned by fans and pundits after this Premier League clash.
The VAR failed to spot a horrific clash from Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford on United’s Harry Maguire. Red Devils skipper Maguire was also gone unpunished for his sliding tackle on Lucas Digne.
VAR in favor of Jordan Pickford once again:
Everton’s goalkeeper made headlines against Liverpool, for his horror challenge on Virgil Van Dijk. Reds halted Everton’s eight-match winning run in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park but VAR denied them deserve three points in the league fixture.
Pickford went on unpunished, both on the pitch and after the fixture, despite Liverpool’s appeal to the FA. Virgil Van Dijk suffered a knee ligament injury for that clash and now ruled out for the entire season, a very big blow for the champions.
England number one did the same challenge on Harry Maguire in the second half. He failed to handle the ball and then smashed his knee unknowingly into Maguire’s ribs to regain control of the ball. Maguire went down on the pitch, Pickford spotted appealing with the referee that its not his fault.
No penalty was awarded to the traveling side and Pickford also went unpunished, not even a warning from the referee.
Harry Maguire: defensive judgment needs a big break?
Manchester United captain Harry Maguire recovered from that Pickford’s clash but to make one of his own soon after. The most expensive defender in the world had a tackling challenge on the Toffees’ left-back Lucas Digne in the box. But he misjudged his tackle and made a red-card worthy foul on Digne.
But once again VAR missed this incident and Maguire had relief with no booking at all. This could have changed the result and flow of the match, which could have been decisive in Everton’s league push.
Harry Maguire was sent off for England in their Nations League clash against Denmark last month. He made a similar sloppy challenge on their forward player Kasper Dolberg, earned himself a second yellow card.
Manchester United still remains in the bottom half of the table after this win, with just 10 points from 7 league fixtures. Everton now lost their 3rd consecutive league match, dropped to the sixth position. It will be interesting to see if the Football Association’s stance on the VAR’s controversy in this latest league fixture.