Ander Herrera offside: Should Manchester United’s equaliser against Arsenal have been disallowed?
Ander Herrera‘s diligent sprinting towards Bernd Leno paid off, as his hope of a fumble from the Arsenal goalkeeper came to fruition after Marcos Rojo's free-kick.
His cross from the rebounded save found Anthony Martial, who equalised on the half hour mark. Manchester United had conceded only four minutes earlier, a header from Shkodran Mustafi cleared off the line by Herrera was ruled to have crossed it by ‘goal decision system' technology, as subsequent replays showed.
However, replays of the equaliser also showed Herrera straying dangerously past Alex Iwobi, the last Arsenal defender behind the wall. Many online commented that the goal should not have stood, making the case that it was another piece of evidence in favour of the introduction of VAR to the Premier League.
Regardless, the goal for Jose Mourinho‘s side stood, and the sides went in at half-time with the score level at 1-1.
Here's what happened.
The replays clearly show that as Rojo strikes the ball, Herrera's head and shoulder are beyond Iwobi.
By the strictest interpretation of the laws of the game, he's offside – although no doubt some Manchester United fans would argue he was level.
Follow us on Facebook: @iPaperSport
According to the laws of the game, a player is in an offside position if:
- any part of the head, body or feet is in the opponents’ half (excluding the halfway line) and
- any part of the head, body or feet is nearer to the opponents’ goal line than both the ball and the second-last opponent
The hands and arms of all players, including the goalkeepers, are not considered.
A player is not in an offside position if level with the second-last opponent or the last two opponents.
Many fans and commentators took to Twitter to voice their frsutration at the judgment.
And Herrera is Offside.
— Dean (@ArsenalNexus) December 5, 2018
Replays confirm Herrera was offside. Arsenal enduring terrible luck with referees in past four days.
— Sam (@samuelJayC) December 5, 2018
Herrera looks offside. Standard Manchester United goal, then.
— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) December 5, 2018
Arsenal caught sleeping but would have never been a goal with VAR. Herrera’s ahead on that play. Can’t wait until we get out of the Stone Age.
— EiF (@EiFSoccer) December 5, 2018
In the BT Studio, Paul Scholes credited Herrera for making the effort to get to the bouncing ball, but said he thought the decision was marginal.
What do you think? Let us know.
Take a look at i‘s new product review section, ibuys, where you can find expert advice on everything from Christmas gifts to kitchen appliances
More on the Premier League:
The post Ander Herrera offside: Should Manchester United's equaliser against Arsenal have been disallowed? appeared first on inews.co.uk.
Original source: https://inews.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/ander-herrera-offside-goal-manchester-united-arsenal-anthony-martial/
Invincible Lauren says Arsenal WILL win the title
Invincible Lauren believes Arsenal will win the Premier League, says ecstatic celebrations against Bournemouth weren't…
Graham Stack’s Arsenal memories on selling fake Gucci clothes and more..
Graham Stack reminisces over selling fake clothes in the Arsenal car park and the first…
Stack backs Ramsdale
Graham Stack backs Ramsdale to displace Pickford as England No.1 imminently, Arsenal to win the…
Man United NEW Europa League FAVOURITES
Man United NEW FAVOURITES to win Europa League MANCHESTER UNITED HAVE LEAPFROGGED ARSENAL to head…
Djibril Cisse talks
Djibril Cisse talks shock Masked Singer appearance, memories of 2011/12 final day at the Etihad…
Kleberson says Man United should sign new Ronaldo – Goncalo Ramos
Kleberson says Man United should sign 'the new Ronaldo' & reveals how Fergie learnt Portuguese…