Rio Ferdinand and David de Gea sent their reactions on Twitter last night after Middlesbrough’s controversial FA Cup goal against Manchester United.
The Red Devils bowed out of the famous old competition yesterday via a penalty shoot-out after the scores were level at 1-1 until extra-time.
Jadon Sancho opened the scoring midway through the first half, but Boro drew level in the 64th minute through Matt Crooks.
There has since been a considerable debate whether the goal should have stood.
Duncan Watmore handled the ball in the lead-up to his assist for Crooks, but VAR deemed the incident as accidental.
The goal would have been ruled out for offside last season, but the change in rules meant that Boro’s equaliser stood at Old Trafford.
However, what is intentional or unintentional is left to be discussed. Whatmore had his left arm outstretched before making contact.
Despite the video evidence, the goal was not chalked off by VAR, and both Ferdinand and De Gea expressed their surprise over the incident.
United produced a poor attacking display in the FA Cup fourth round last night, and they should have comfortably won with the chances created.
The result could have been completely different if the VAR decision went in the Red Devils’ favour, but that can’t be considered an excuse for the loss.
Sancho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Marcus Rashford and Bruno Fernandes squandered scoring chances. Ronaldo was not himself, missing a first-half penalty won by Paul Pogba.
It has been a disappointing return to action for the club after going into the winter break on a high with two Premier League wins which saw them jump into the top four.
There is still plenty to play for as the top four race could go down to the wire amid fierce competition from Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The club can end their five-year trophy drought by lifting the Champions League, but that appears an improbable prospect with how things have progressed since the New Year.
Stats from Transfermarkt.com.
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