Matt Le Tissier has rubbished Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea’s claims on Twitter that his side were put off by the linesman on Monday night, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equalised for Arsenal.
Scott McTominay put United ahead with an excellent effort from the edge of the box that flew into the top corner. Aubameyang equalised, getting on the end of Bukayo Saka’s through ball to chip De Gea.
The goal was originally ruled out for offside before Aubameyang put the ball in the net. VAR checked the goal, and found the Gabonese ace was onside – played on by Harry Maguire. There were claims post-match that the linesman put United off.
De Gea was quoted by the Mirror as saying: “Of course [we were put off], it’s easier if the linesman keeps the flag down,” but Le Tissier ridiculed De Gea’s claim on Twitter with a brutal assessment.
What’s that I can smell? Ah yes…. BS ? https://t.co/783P58dVTX
— Matt Le Tissier (@mattletiss7) October 1, 2019
TBR’s view – Do Manchester United have a right to feel aggrieved?
Essentially, the referee did not blow his whistle until the ball had been chipped towards goal. As a youngster, you are taught to play until the whistle and if De Gea believes United were put off – then they did not play to the whistle.
The goal was clearly onside and it is a case where VAR has worked for the right reasons. There would have been more outrage had the linesman ruled out what was a perfectly good goal – with Aubameyang easily onside by a number of yards.
United have no right to feel aggrieved, as Arsenal scored a perfectly good goal.