VAR steals show at Old Trafford

    The video assistant referee once again played a decisive role in a Premier League fixture as Manchester United held Liverpool to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Sunday

    Desperate to post their first league triumph after three consecutive unsuccessful attempts (D2, L1), the Red Devils only managed to prevent the visitors from equalling Chelsea’s record of nine straight wins at the beginning of a Premier League season.

    Marcus Rashford nodded home a delightful cross from Daniel James in the 36th minute to open the scoring and put the home side in front, although Liverpool players urged Martin Atkinson to check Scott McTominay’s tackle on Divock Origi that preceded the goal.

    But, the visiting team suffered a disappointment when VAR made a decision against their claims by concluding that Rashford’s goal stands.

    The Reds thought they settled the score on the eve of the halftime after Sadio Mane met a long ball and went past his marker before sending the ball past David De Gea.

    However, Mane’s goal was righteously disallowed after Atkinson accepted United’s appeals over the Senegalese’s handball following VAR’s intervention.

    Liverpool’s efforts to avoid defeat eventually came to fruition in the 85th minute, when Adam Lallana tapped in Andrew Robertson’s cross at the back post.

    Jurgen Klopp’s men came close to pulling off a sensational late comeback in the final minute of stoppage time, but their prays over Fred’s alleged handball inside United’s box fell on VAR’s deaf ears.

    It was the German’s fifth visit to Old Trafford as Liverpool boss, and he is yet to taste a win at the Theatre of Dreams.

    As a consequence, the Merseyside giants failed to match Manchester City’s record of 18 consecutive Premier League triumphs and allowed the Citizens to reduce the gap to six points.

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