Today saw Liverpool enter a game at Old Trafford as strong favourites for the first time in decades. The Reds were 5 points clear at the top of the table whilst Man United languished in 14th place. The game finished with Liverpool 6 points clear at the top of the table whilst Man United are still within a defeat of relegation places. Liverpool were robbed at Old Trafford by a series of poor refereeing decisions.
Marcus Rashford put the hosts ahead after 36 minutes. There was much controversy about the goal due to a blatant foul on Divock Origi in the build up to the goal. Let us be clear, this was an undeniable foul by Victor Lindelof on Divock Origi just moments before Rashford put Man United ahead.
Divock Origi looked to shield the ball, he took a heavy touch and Lindelof stabbed his studs at his calf. The goal was drawn back for a VAR review. As we all know when it comes to VAR, referees refuse to run the risk of upsetting their mates. There is some sort of ladder system on the go in the refereeing pyramid wherein junior officials are scared to overrule the decisions of senior refs. Even Gary Neville believed it to be a foul in the build up to the goal. Gary Neville. GNEV.
When you have a Man United icon conceding that a Man United goal should have been ruled out for a foul then chances are…it was a foul. Liverpool were robbed of equaling a Premier League consecutive wins record because of the incompetence of one referee and the lack of back bone from another. Something has to be done about VAR.