Controversial VAR Decision Denies Rasmus Hojlund's Debut Goal in Manchester United Loss to Brighton

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Controversial VAR Decision Denies Rasmus Hojlund’s Debut Goal in Manchester United Loss to Brighton

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In a dramatic turn of events at Old Trafford on Saturday, Rasmus Hojlund’s dream debut goal for Manchester United was disallowed by VAR during their Premier League clash with Brighton. The decision left fans and players in disbelief and added to Manchester United’s woes as they suffered a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Seagulls.

The match, which featured goals from Danny Welbeck, Pascal Gross, and Joao Pedro for Brighton and a late consolation goal from Hannibal Mejbri for Manchester United, was marred by the contentious VAR intervention.

The controversial moment occurred with the score at 1-0 in favor of Brighton. Marcus Rashford made a brilliant run down the wing, leaving Jan Paul van Hecke trailing in his wake. Rashford then delivered a precise cross to Hojlund, who expertly slotted the ball into the corner of the net. The Old Trafford faithful erupted in joy as Hojlund celebrated what he thought was his first goal for the club.

However, the jubilation was short-lived as VAR reviewed the play. The video replays appeared to show that Rashford had taken the ball out of play over the byline just before delivering the cross. After much deliberation, VAR ruled the goal out, much to the dismay of Manchester United players and fans alike.

Former Premier League referee Mike Dean, who provided his analysis of the incident on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday, shed light on the decision. Dean emphasized the tight nature of the call, stating, “Out of play and in play is [a straightforward decision] but it is very, very tight, and I can understand why the assistant referee hasn’t seen it. It took a lot of freeze frames forwards and backward, forwards and backward, but the ball had just gone out, so the correct decision by the VAR.”

The decision not only denied Hojlund his memorable debut goal but also disrupted the momentum of a Manchester United side already struggling to find their rhythm in the match.

Rasmus Hojlund’s full debut for Manchester United was a challenging one. The Danish forward was substituted for Anthony Martial in the second half, a move met with displeasure from the home crowd, who voiced their frustration with a chorus of boos.

However, Manchester United’s manager, Erik ten Hag, defended the decision to replace Hojlund. He emphasized that Hojlund was dealing with a minor fitness issue and that it was crucial to manage his playing time carefully. Ten Hag stated, “I think it was positive. You see the fans in the first moment in Old Trafford; the reception for [Højlund] was great. I think he performed very well. It’s good they give this signal, this message. It will give Rasmus belief.”

He went on to explain, “Everyone knows he came in with a small issue. We built him over the last three or four weeks, but he is not ready for a whole game, and we have many games to play at short notice, so we have to build the fitness. If he gets injured because he is not capable of playing 90 minutes, then we are much farther away than where we want to be.”

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Despite the controversy surrounding the disallowed goal and the frustrations of the home crowd, Manchester United’s performance against Brighton raised concerns. The team struggled to contain Brighton’s attacking prowess, which resulted in a comprehensive 3-1 defeat. The loss left Manchester United in 13th place in the Premier League, having won just two of their five games this season.

As the Premier League season progresses, Manchester United will need to address their defensive vulnerabilities and find a way to bounce back from a challenging start. The disallowed goal against Brighton will undoubtedly remain a talking point among fans and pundits alike, highlighting the ongoing debate surrounding VAR decisions in modern football.

Reference:

https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/mike-dean-rasmus-hojlund-goal-30960165

https://newsusa.pw/uk/mike-dean-explains-why-assistant-referee-was-confused-by-rasmus-hojlund-disallowed-goal-209387.html

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