Ralf Rangnick reveals ref comments over Fernandes tackle, Gary Neville and Scholes agree

Manchester United interim boss Ralf Rangnick demanded from the referee why Bruno Fernandes’ tackle was overlooked during the clash against Leeds United.

Man United led the home side 2-0 at half-time, thanks to goalscorers Harry Maguire and Fernandes.

Shortly after the interval, Rodrigo pulled a goal back after his initial plan to cross the ball into the area led to a superb goal, with David de Gea already off the goal line in a bid to intercept the cross.

A few seconds later, Raphinha completed the comeback for the Yorkshire side after getting on the end of Daniel James’ cross.

The goal attracted different opinions because Bruno Fernandes appeared to have been fouled by Adams Forshaw in the build-up to Leeds’ equaliser.

VAR took a review of the incident and decided that the Portuguese star went down easily and found nothing wrong with the initial call.

Rangnick clearly wasn’t pleased with Tierney’s decision though and confronted the referee at full-time in a bid to understand the reason the goal wasn’t ruled out.

‘There were quite a few challenges today where in Germany, there would have been no discussion whatsoever,’ said the German.

‘I spoke to the referee after the game about that tackle on Bruno that led to their equaliser and said in Germany they wouldn’t have even asked the VAR.

‘The referee said to me, quite funnily, “that is why you had to come to England!” We did well and showed character.’

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes Fernandes wasn’t fouled, suggesting that the midfielder was ‘too soft’ during the challenge.

Ralf Rangnick was keen on knowing why Bruno Fernandes' tackle wasn't listened to
Ralf Rangnick was keen on knowing why Bruno Fernandes’ tackle wasn’t listened to

‘I think Fernandes has to be stronger,’ Scholes told Premier League Productions via Metro.

‘He’s almost looking for a foul before anything happens and I don’t think it is a foul.

‘Fernandes has got to be stronger there, that’s a little bit too soft.

‘His head is up in the air looking for a foul before he comes in.’

Manchester United legend Gary Neville also agreed that Bruno Fernandes was not fouled by Adams Forshaw and believes VAR made the right call.

‘I’m not sure that’s a foul. There isn’t too much in it, I’d be surprised if they overturn it,’ he said on commentary.

‘It’s onside, it’s just that challenge, Forshaw on Fernandes. Harry Maguire pleads for the foul.’

Manchester United would score two late goals through brilliant finishes from Fred and Anthony Elanga. The victory helps Man United maintain their 4th position with 46 points from 26 league matches.