Bruno Fernandes produced a scintillating performance on the opening day of the Premier League.
By scoring his first hat-trick as a Red Devil, Fernades helped Manchester United thrash Leeds United 5-1.
However, his third goal would not have counted if he had scored it last season.
Paul Pogba perfectly laid the ball through the Leeds defence for the first goal, which Fernandes hammered into the net.
The Portuguese’s second was also set up by the Frenchman.
This time he checked back before striking the shot. It was cleared by Luke Ayling, but goal-line technology showed it narrowly crossed the line.
The third goal was assisted by Victor Lindelof, which he precisely struck over the top of the goalkeeper.
However, the updated offside rule undoubtedly gave Fernandes a helping hand.
Last season, VAR stole the fun from football with its pinpoint accurate decisions. Players were given offside even if a hair was beyond the last line.
If the same rule stood, VAR would have definitely interfered, and Fernandes’ goal would have been ruled offside.
However, the line used by VAR to measure the offside position has been thickened this year.
This will help in quick decision making and less interference from VAR.
And we were able to witness the positive outcome of the refurbished rule on the opening weekend.
Former referee Dermot Gallagher told Sky Sports that the goal was a great example of what they wanted to change.
“We want to see football played the right way,” he said. “Do you want to deny a goal for such a tight margin?
“Everyone, except Leeds fans, would say no. It was the right thing to do, and it worked from day one.”
- Manchester United needs to accelerate their transfer plans or forget top-four
- Marko Arnautovic’s agent speaks out on potential Manchester United switch
- Man Utd suffer transfer blow with Fabian Ruiz set to join PSG
- Man Utd make opening bid for Marko Arnautovic
- Manchester United 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion: Three talking points as Erik ten Hag suffers defeat in Premier League debut
- Player Ratings: Manchester United 1-2 Brighton & Hove Albion
- Harry Maguire insists that players will fight for the badge
- Erik ten Hag identifies Fabian Ruiz as the perfect Frenkie de Jong alternative for Manchester United
- Predicted Man Utd line-up vs Brighton – Three debutants, Ronaldo starts
- Opinion: Manchester United should forget Frenkie de Jong and sign these two unbelievable players for price of one