PGMOL, the refereeing body, has allegedly admitted that Anthony Taylor made a mistake during Manchester United’s defeat to Aston Villa.
The referee was responsible for Manchester United’s 3-1 defeat at Villa Park in November.
The Manchester United players pointed out the error to referee Anthony TaylorCredit: Getty
The referee had put the Red Devils’ wall over 10 yards against Aston VillaCredit: Unknown, clear with image desktop
Lucas Digne scores the free kickCredit: Getty
During the game he conceded a foul to Aston Villa in a dangerous position and it was at this point that he made his mistake.
He ordered the Red Devils’ defensive wall back into position more than ten meters away, despite Christian Eriksen telling him that was the case.
Lucas Digne then scored from the resulting set piece to put the Villans up 2-0 after just 11 minutes of play.
MEN have reported that because Taylor was heard, recordings of the match were accessible.
He revealed that Eriksen had pointed out the error to Taylor, but the midfielder was “ignored” despite being “polite” in his message to the referee.
After the game, United manager Erik ten Hag revealed that he also spotted the problem with the wall.
After the game ended 3-1 to Villa, he said: “I think the free-kick can be stopped because the wall is too far.
“OK, a small detail but details make the difference in top-flight football. It says everything about us because we weren’t fresh.”
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The report says United went to PGMOL Group 1 select director Jon Moss, who in turn agreed with the club.
The former official assured the Old Trafford side that Taylor will be spoken to about his mistake.
The referee had not refereed a Premier League game since that game on November 6, but coincidentally his first game was United’s clash with Nottingham Forest last night.
United won the game against Forest 3-0, with goals from Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Fred.
The win has helped them close the gap on the Champions League places as they are just one point behind fourth-placed Tottenham with a game in hand.