“VARchester United”- Has Solskjaer’s side been helped by referees?
Fans from United’s rival clubs believe the Red Devils have benefited from the preferential treatment from referees in this campaign. For that reason, they have dubbed the club into “VARchester United”, “Penalchester United” etc
Not since Sir Alex Ferguson days have, we heard so much talk about Manchester United receiving privileges from referees.
Social media has been running wild talks of “VARchester United and “Man Utd Penalty Bingo” because of the many spot-kicks Solskjaer’s side have been awarded.
The situation is getting serios as Frank Lampard has also voiced his concern over the number of decisions that seem to be favoring United.
Clearly, United are a very lucky football club. For all their raw talent and skill in attack, United have had countable key moments of luck. Therefore, the article analyses the penalties awarded to United since the football return from COVID-19 suspension break.
Tottenham 1-1 Manchester United
Tottenham’s Eric Dier was bamboozled by Pogba’s neat footwork and bundled the midfielder over in the box. Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot to grant his side a point.
Manchester United 5-2 Bournemouth
The game at the Theatre of Dreams was tied at one goals when Mike Dean pointed to the spot in the 35th minute. This after he noticed Adam Smith handball. Rashford took the penalty as United went on to record an impressive win.
Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United
This was the most controversial decision VAR had made in the season. it was certainly a historic one as United equaled the record for most penalties (13) received in a Premier League season. Jon Moss pointed to the spot after Fernandes had been upended by Ezri Konsa in the area. However, with closer inspection, it emerged the attacking midfielder had initiated the contact. Moreover, VAR inexplicably agreed with Moss, making way for Fernandes to open the scoring.
Manchester United 1-3 Chelsea- FA Cup
Callum Hudson Odoi tripped Martial as United struggled in vain to get themselves back into the semi-final showdown at Wembley. Fernandes fired home but it was more than a consolation goal for United as their hopes of FA Cup glory were lost.
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