Michael Owen has admitted that Manchester United's first goal against Manchester City should never have stood.
Bruno Fernandes pulled the Red Devils level during a frantic second half spell which saw Erik ten Hag's side flip the game on it's head with two goals in four minutes. However, the equaliser came in controversial circumstances after Marcus Rashford was deemed to have not interfered with play in the build-up, having been in an offside tradition.
Former United striker Owen has now shared his thoughts on whether the goal should have been awarded by referee Stuart Attwell at Old Trafford.
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Speaking after the match, he admitted: "I think he does make a movement towards the ball. I think if you take Rashford out of the equation possibly Ederson and the two players that are chasing him down all get there before Bruno. So he has definitely directly influenced that goal by being offside."
Rashford had been sent running through on goal, only for Fernandes to beat him to the ball and bend it round the onrushing Ederson.
The goal has created a heated debate amongst fans and pundits as to whether Rashford interfered with play, even though he did not touch the ball.
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Despite the protests of the City players, the goal was awarded, with the referee not even being advised to check the incident on the pitchside monitor.
Explaining why the goal was allowed to stand, former Premier League Dermot Gallagher explained: "The reason he hasn’t gone to the screen, the VAR can’t intervene, is because it’s not factual. It’s a subjective decision, and the referee must make that decision."
Just four minutes after Fernandes' equaliser, Rashford put United in front with what proved to be the winner as he tapped home Alejandro Garnacho's cross from close range.
Rashford's fine form since the World Cup has seen him score in all seven matches since club football restarted, including in each of his four league matches.
Saturday's victory means United are now third in the Premier League, one point behind their local rivals and six points off league leaders Arsenal.
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