The Manchester derby between United and City is always a highly anticipated match, with tensions running high and emotions boiling over. This time, the stakes were even higher as City looked to extend their lead at the top of the table. However, it was United who emerged victorious, as Bruno Fernandes scored an equaliser and Marcus Rashford sealed the win with a late goal. The result sparked controversy and debate, as City players surrounded the referee in protest and the football community had their say on the matter. Despite the drama, Manchester United can proudly celebrate their victory and the right to show off their neighbours.
The football public is outraged by the victory of Manchester United in the derby over City.
City took the lead in the 60th minute when Jack Grealish came off the bench to put them ahead, but United did their best to hit back.
Bruno Fernandes, United’s equaliser, was initially sent off for a tackle on Marcus Rashford, but VAR overturned the decision on the pitch.
Rashford scored the winner two minutes later and after the final whistle, City players surrounded the referee in protest at the equaliser.
In the BT studio, Rio Ferdinand and Paul Scholes reiterated the rules, making the case for why the goal was worth it.
The drama didn’t end there though, with the players continuing to moan in their post-match interviews alongside Pep Guardiola, who said: “We know who we’re playing, we know where we’re playing.”
In the Final Score studio, Martin Keown and Rachel Brown-Finnis agreed with Guardiola, saying: “I think he’s right…it certainly affected the goalkeeper, Ederson comes out to deal with the onrushing Rashford and leaves it to Fernandes. VAR did not look at the goalkeeper.”
After the match, City defender Akanji fumed: “Honestly, the first goal is a joke, it’s allowed like that. I saw Rashford, he was obviously ambushed so I ambushed him. He runs until the last second and stops when the ball is in front of him and he is right in front of Eddie ready to score because Bruno Fernandes is shouting at him.”
Rashford defended himself and the goal after the game, saying: “I thought I went a bit early so I didn’t run. If I had run after the ball, I would have just picked it up, or hit it, or passed it. I thought I was offside, so I didn’t touch the ball. That’s all I can do in that situation, and then it’s up to the referee and the linesman. I don’t think I was in the play. I felt it should stay.
Ten Hag admitted that if this decision had been made and he was on the losing side, he would not have been happy: “I saw from the other side that it messed up the back line, it was clear. This is also a rule. I won’t be happy if my team concedes a goal like that. I can see the frustration of the other side, but I can also see that the referee got it right.”
The rest of the football community had their say, with Petr Cech tweeting: “United’s first goal just proved that the people making the rules don’t understand the game.”
United’s first goal just proved that the people making the rules don’t understand the game.
— Petr Cech (@PetrCech) January 14, 2023
Despite the advertisement, Manchester United they won’t worry as they won all three points and earned the right to show off their neighbours.