Erik ten Hag has admitted that he would have been frustrated as well if Manchester United conceded a similar goal to Bruno Fernandes’ goal vs Manchester City.
Man United came from behind to beat Man City 2-1, thanks to Manchester United goalscorers Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford.
The Manchester derby had loads of headlines but Fernandes’ goal divided opinions among football fans, and it was understandable given the nature of the situation.
Casemiro sent a defence-splitting pass to Marcus Rashford, who was in an offside position. The England international ran after the ball but was informed by Fernandes to avoid making any contact on the ball as he was in an offside position and Rashford did just that, and the Portuguese forward capitalised on it and scored the equaliser.
Manchester City defenders didn’t attempt to close in on Rashford because they were aware Rashford was in an offside position and that gave rise to suggestions that the Man United forward’s run towards the ball interfered in play, hence the goal should have been ruled out.
The linesman ruled it out for an offside but after a VAR review, the initial call was cancelled and the goal was given.
Pep Guardiola maintained that the goal shouldn’t have stood because Rashford interfered in play and Ten Hag has suggested that he understood why the Man City boss was frustrated.
Ten Hag told ViaPlay Sport: “Bruno Fernandes arrived at the ball starting from an onside position. He is the one who finished it off. If you look at the rules, it’s not offside. But I would be frustrated too if it was against me.”