Fans convinced Ronaldo's Man Utd winner should have been disallowed
It was a dramatic finish to the game at Old Trafford on Wednesday night
Fans have been left questioning whether Cristiano Ronaldo's late winner against Villarreal on Wednesday (September 29) night should have stood or not - with many wondering whether he should have been ruled out for offside.
United looked set for a disappointing draw at home playing against the Spanish club, until the ball fell to Ronaldo in the box and he did what he does best - putting the ball in the net - to bag his fifth goal for Man Utd since returning to the club in the summer.
But debate has now began over whether Jesse Lingard - who was on the ground in front of goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli - was obstructing the keeper's view, and therefore offside.
Was Jesse Lingard offside? pic.twitter.com/NiYaf0frU3
— Amazon Prime Video Sport (@primevideosport) September 29, 2021
Some fans said Lingard was definitely offside, citing examples from previous games and last season when similar goals had been ruled out.
One fan wrote: "Everton were denied a winner v Man Utd for much the same…"
Everton were denied a winner v Man Utd for much the same…. pic.twitter.com/zSRGjGT0TP
— Justin Faulkner (@Forever_Everton) September 30, 2021
Another said the goal "should have been ruled out."
Yes should have been ruled out VARchester United at it again
— Alex (@Alex90020005) September 29, 2021
And even goalkeeper Pepe Reina weighed into the debate, saying it was "offside all day long."
Offside all day long…🤯😡 #ManUnitedVillarreal
— Pepe Reina (@PReina25) September 29, 2021
But others were adamant that Rulli's view was unobstructed, and there was no debate to be had.
One supporter wrote: "Lol you are nuts if you think he interfered with the keeper's vision."
Others pointed out that even if the goal had been ruled out, a penalty would likely have been given anyway for a foul on Lingard.
I'm seeing many people calling this goal for offside. If it was offside, then VAR would have most likely stepped in and given a penalty to United (Which Ronaldo would have stopped Bruno Fernandes from taking it at all costs). pic.twitter.com/2K7QbvAaPi
— Has the Referee or VAR made a poor decision? (@PoorEPLreferees) September 29, 2021
There was a very brief check from VAR over the goal but this came to nothing.
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