Manchester United players remained furious after referee Martin Atkinson correctly awarded one of the strangest Premier League goals ever. It was the visitors from Arsenal, who won on this pitch last season, who took the lead at Old Trafford in an absolutely breathtaking passage of play.
As the Spaniard was down he left his goal unattended and with the corner clear Emile Smith Rowe was able to bring home a low practice with his weak foot.
The man in the middle, Atkinson, appeared to put the whistle to his lips, but examination of the VAR later revealed that the whistle had not been whistled until the ball was in the back of the net.
While checks were ongoing, the general consensus inside Old Trafford was that United were going to be awarded a free kick.
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But they were in major shock and they then exploded when Atkinson allowed the goal after consulting with officials at Stockley Park.
The strike was England international Smith Rowe’s sixth this season in 11 appearances.
For a moment, it looked like Atkinson was about to give De Gea the free kick before he finally put his finger on his ear.
Amazon’s commentary team of Peter Drury, Ally McCoist and former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg had no illusions that the goal should be awarded.
It wasn’t the start that interim boss Ralf Rangnick wanted to see as he watched from the stands.
The German has finally got his work permit approved, which means he will be in the dugout for the clash with Crystal Palace on Sunday.
“Literally, I don’t have to do anything to keep you posted,” Carrick said in his pre-game press conference.
“Outside the work permit process is underway as we speak and I’m in that position as I was for Villarreal and Chelsea, preparing the boys for tomorrow night’s game.
“Have I spoken to him?” No. It’s pretty much like it was when I said there, about the two games we’ve been to before, because of the process and the work permit we couldn’t.
“So we continued as we did, it worked well in the last two games and hopefully it will work well tomorrow. “