VAR explains why Matt Crooks’ goal vs Manchester United was ruled out for handball

VAR explains why Matt Crooks' goal vs Manchester United was ruled out for handball

Manchester United lost their first-half lead against Middlesbrough when Matt Crooks scored a controversial equaliser in the second half after Duncan Watmore handled the ball.

Man United had missed loads of chances to keep their lead safe but were wasteful in front of goal.

Their regular miss from the front of the goal would take its toll on their chances of winning the goal as Crooks scored the equaliser from a close range.

In Middlesbrough‘s build-up to the goal, Duncan Watmore handled the ball inside Manchester United’s penalty box after failing to keep hold of the ball, before passing the ball to an unmarked Crooks and the forward would convert home.

VAR explains why Matt Crooks' goal vs Manchester United was ruled out for handball
VAR explains why Matt Crooks’ goal vs Manchester United was ruled out for handball
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Anthony Taylor, the central referee, didn’t cancel the goal for handball, which was widely described as a ‘poor call’ and a VAR review was needed but surprisingly the initial call stood.

VAR claimed Duncan Watmore’s handball wasn’t intentional plus Manchester United had a number of players who would have defended the visitors from scoring.

Manchester United’s lead was brought back as a result, and they would search for means to restore their lead before the end of the regular time.