Rasmus Hojlund had a golden moment, seemingly scoring his first goal for Manchester United, igniting celebrations at Old Trafford. Marcus Rashford had done brilliantly, maneuvering along the byline past Jan Paul van Hecke, and delivering a precise cross to Hojlund, who confidently put the ball in the net.
However, the joy was short-lived as VAR intervened, deeming that Rashford had taken the ball out of play before his delivery. A new angle of the incident emerged from the Premier League footage, and many United fans were left irate that the goal had been disallowed.
One Reddit user exclaimed, “This is insane, how can they rule it out when they don’t have a picture from above the ball? Disgrace.”
Another fan added, “Because f*** us, that’s why. Not going to get a single decision all season after that one Onana call.” A third frustratedly commented, “If that’s Brighton, that’s a goal.” A fourth concurred, “That’s not at all conclusive. How can they rule it through that? 2 f****** games in a row we’re f***** over by VAR. Spurs too with the BLATANT handball.”
A fifth lamented, “VAR is ruining football for me…I can’t celebrate goals…or I start to and then remember there’s a VAR check incoming…the pure excitement of the goal is gone. I would happily accept some errors to know when the ball goes in, it actually counts…”
A sixth pointed out, “Seems inconclusive. This camera isn’t right on the line which has the goal line going right to left. The line behind the ball is moving left it looks like from where the camera is.”
It turned out to be a frustrating day at the office for Manchester United, who fell behind in the first half due to Danny Welbeck’s goal. Brighton then extended their lead with Pascal Gross finding the net, and Joao Pedro added to the tally with a long-range strike. Hannibal Mejbri did score a late consolation for United, but it couldn’t change the outcome as Erik ten Hag’s side suffered their first home defeat of the season. The Red Devils have now accumulated only six points from a possible 15, while Brighton has climbed to third place with an impressive away record.