Gary Lineker explains why VAR was right to award Man Utd goal against Liverpool
20 October 2019 16:49
Gary Lineker believes Marcus Rashford’s goal against Liverpool was right to stand despite a foul in the build-up.Rashford gave Manchester United the lead in the 36th minute at Old Trafford after getting on the end of Daniel James’ cross from the right.The forward wheeled away in celebration but Liverpool players immediately hounded referee Martin Atkinson claiming there was a foul in the build-up.Rashford’s jubilation was paused as VAR checked the goal, rewinding the footage back to a challenge Victor Lindelof made on Divock Origi moments before United scored.
As the ball was played into the Belgian, Lindelof came in from behind and appeared to clip the back of his leg, causing Origi to lose possession.The Sky Sports commentary team agreed the goal should have been ruled out but Match of the Day anchor Lineker had a different take.“Deserved lead for @ManUtd,” the former Tottenham and Leicester forward tweeted.“As for VAR: disallowing goals for that nothing challenge would really destroy the game.
“Got to be for the howlers only.”Eight minutes later, Liverpool thought they had equalised when Sadio Mane outmuscled Lindelof to slot home past David de Gea.But it was United’s turn to then call for VAR, claiming Mane handled the ball before scoring.Replays showed the ball struck Mane’s arm as he controlled it and the decision was duly overturned in accordance with the new handball laws, which do not allow attacking players to touch the ball with their hand before scoring regardless of intention.
In response to that incident, Lineker commented: “Don’t like the Mane goal decision even though it’s right. Not the VAR aspect but the new handball law.Replying to a viewer who claimed Mane deliberately controlled the ball with his arm, Lineker tweeted: “No, it was purely accidental.“Slow motion has conned you. However with this absurd new law whether it’s accidental or not is irrelevant.”