A Manchester City fan has removed Marcus Rashford from footage of Bruno Fernandes’ controversial equaliser in the Manchester derby to highlight how the offside England star was impacting play.
The distraught supporter outlined that Rashford’s presence caused goalkeeper Ederson to be in the incorrect position and argued that Manuel Akanji would have got to the ball ahead of the Portuguese midfielder.
Fernandes levelled for hosts United in the derby at Old Trafford from a goal that was controversially given despite Rashford’s positioning. Rashford then scored the winner shortly after to move the Red Devils just a point behind City in the Premier League table.
A Manchester City fan has edited footage of Bruno Fernandes’ goal removing Marcus Rashford
Fernandes quickly ran to assistant Darren Cann to dispute the initial offside decision
The decision to award the goal has been met with widespread condemnation with the vast majority of football fans from most clubs agreeing that the equaliser should not have stood.
The Red Devils went on to win the game 2-1
‘Remove Rashford out. Play is 100% changed: A) Akanji would get to the ball B) Ederson’s entire positioning is wrong based on an offside player,’ wrote Twitter user @BlueCityBrain.
‘Refs got it majorly wrong and either cost us the full 3 points or at least 1 point. No one should be trying to justify this.’
Casemiro’s forward pass from the right-hand side was played in behind the high defensive line of Man City, seemingly aimed at an already offside Rashford.
The England star then ran towards the ball without touching it, drawing two City defenders towards him as they sought to cut out the danger.
And with their attentions turned towards him, Fernandes arrived on the scene unmarked towards the edge of the box to fire home past Ederson, who was facing Rashford rather than the Portugal midfielder.
The goal was originally ruled onside, despite Darren Cann’s flag being raised, with Fernandes leading the charge of United players to rush towards the assistant and dispute his decision.
Rashford was visibly offside in the build-up but was ruled not to have impacted the play
After a conversation with referee Stuart Atwell, the equaliser was awarded, and it was then the turn of the City players to crowd the referee and argue against the decision.
Rashford went on to score the winner four minutes later, leaving United with a memorable home win in the derby to move themselves into the race for the Premier League title.
And Akanji was quick to add his thoughts on the goal after the game, telling Match of the Day: ‘To be honest the first goal is a joke.
Manuel Akanji called the decision to award the goal ‘a joke’ after City fell to a 2-1 defeat
‘I saw Rashford, he was clearly offside, so I played him offside.
‘He runs until the last second and he stops when the ball is in front of him and he’s right in front of Eddy (Ederson), ready to score the goal because Bruno Fernandes is shouting him.
‘I understand he doesn’t touch the ball but he’s running for 30 metres and until the last second. For me it is clearly offside. The referee doesn’t even look at the situation, it got explained at the start of the year this would be clearly offside.’
Chris Foy, writing in Saturday’s Daily Mail, insisted, however, that the decision to award the goal was the correct one.
‘It’s no surprise that opinions are divided over Manchester United’s equaliser but I can see absolutely no reason why the goal should not have stood,’ Foy said.
‘Assistant Darren Cann raised his flag after Bruno Fernandes put the ball in the net, because Marcus Rashford had been in an offside position when the ball was played through.
‘Referee Stuart Attwell consulted Cann and between them they agreed that Rashford had not touched the ball nor had any impact on a City player.’
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