‘Lucky’ Man Utd branded ‘Varchester’ by fans after two narrow escapes against Palace including Ayew’s TOE offside

MANCHESTER UNITED continued their top-four push by beating Crystal Palace on Friday night – but rival fans were left fuming with VAR.

With the score at 0-0, Wilfried Zaha was felled in the area by Victor Lindelof and a penalty was not given as the arguments began over whether the defender got the ball.

United fans were confident that Lindelof got the ball in the early penalty shout

VAR showed Ayew to be a fraction offside although the linesman had not flagged

And, following Marcus Rashford’s opener, the Eagles were denied again after VAR showed Jordan Ayew to be a toe offside when finishing at the far-post.

It left rival fans fuming that United continue to get the rub of the green, following the infamous penalty won by Bruno Fernandes at Aston Villa.

Roy Hodgson could be seen giving a wry smile after his side were denied by the video replay.

And, naturally, the respective managers were left with differing views of the incidents.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stated after the game: “It looks like Victor gets the ball and they tangle their feet, so I think that’s OK what they do there.”

While Hodgson added: “It wasn’t a penalty as the referee didn’t give it and the VAR didn’t overturn it. And we feel hard done by again but there are no points for feeling hard done by.

“We’re not fortunate at the moment. The gods of fortune aren’t smiling on us.”

United sealed the win late on through Anthony Martial, putting them back within goal difference of the top-four with Palace back in 14th.

The Eagles’ chairman Steve Parish tweeted: “Is the VAR broken? Serious question…

“How can they look at Sakho ‘handball’ for minutes to make their ‘mind up’ and not even give that a glance! It’s a stonewall nailed on penalty even the most one eyed Man U fan knows it.”

Fans online were left seething with the penalty decision in particular.

Twitter user Richard reckoned: “It’s a penalty if it’s Bruno. Refs are corrupt where Utd are concerned.”

Another viewer posted: “VAR reviewed Ayew’s goal but wouldn’t review the foul on Zaha. It can only be one team, VARchester United. If that foul on Zaha was Bruno Fernandes, it would have been a penalty.”

One fan added: “At this point, there really is nothing left to say about VAR. A clear penalty on Zaha doesn’t even get reviewed and United score right after. Yet a millimeter offside for Palace’s goal (right call, don’t get us wrong) gets a thorough look. Just get rid of it all together.”

Tahir pointed out: “Harsh offside is still offside.”

A Chelsea fan wrote online: “Of course Palace don’t get their deserved penalty after a foul on Zaha and then United go up the other end and score. You’re delusional if you think United aren’t the luckiest club in the league.”

And one Tottenham supporter lamented: “So you’re telling me the VAR official is able to use Pythagorean theorem to determine Ayew is offside but dismissed an obvious penalty for a foul on Zaha within seconds.”

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By: Marc Mayo
Title: ‘Lucky’ Man Utd branded ‘Varchester’ by fans after two narrow escapes against Palace including Ayew’s TOE offside
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Published Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2020 08:53:20 +0000

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