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06th May 2024

Fans divided over disallowed Man United goal

Callum Boyle

Man United

Should it have been ruled out?

Fans are divided over the decision to disallow Manchester United’s equaliser against Crystal Palace.

United made a dreadful start to the game after they fell behind within 12 minutes as Michael Olise was allowed to dance through the defence before picking out the bottom corner.

Palace could’ve easily been further ahead however United thought they had brought themselves level in the 27th minute, only for it to be disallowed.

Rasmus Hojlund and Dean Henderson both went up in the air to challenge for the ball and although Hojlund came out the victor to see the ball fall into the back of the net, referee Jarred Gillet paused for a lengthy amount of time before he and VAR felt that the Danish forward had fouled the ‘keeper.

‘Absolutely no way that’s a foul on Dean Henderson’

The decision was described as “soft” by Alan Smith on Sky Sports and it seemed that others were in agreement too.

“How is this ever a foul? Keeper has no hands on the ball, 50/50 in the air from Hojlund and Dean Henderson, ball goes into the back of the net?” one fan said on X.

Another commented: “I don’t think that’s a foul on Dean Henderson at all but they will always get that goalkeepers. I think that’s Hendersons weakness his strength from those type of situations. He is quite easily bullied and it will catch out Crystal Palace.

“Absolutely no way that’s a foul on Dean Henderson. Shocking goalkeeping from the ex-Red. He gets away with it,” added a third.

A fourth wrote: Dean Henderson is a little lucky here. It’s the kind of decision goalkeepers get despite minimal contact. No doubt Rasmus Hojlund fails to win the ball, but Henderson flapped at it as well. If that’s two central midfielders jumping for ball it’s probably play on…”

‘Clear foul’

Not everyone felt it was harsh though and others believed it was the right decision.

“Can’t be the only one that thought that was a clear foul,” said one person.

“Utter rubbish. he pulled his arm down when he was off the ground. not close,” claimed a second.

A third added: “Clear shove with his body into an airborne GK. Free kick.”

Things then went from bad to worse for the Red Devils as in-form striker Jean-Philippe Mateta doubled their lead.

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