**Jonny Evans Denied a Goal After Nine Years**
Jonny Evans came close to ending his nearly decade-long goal drought for Manchester United on Saturday, only to have his joy snatched away by a VAR decision.
The Controversial Goal
Evans managed to connect with a corner and expertly headed it past Burnley’s goalkeeper, James Trafford, seemingly breaking the deadlock. However, his celebrations were cut short as VAR intervened.
The goal was disallowed because a VAR review revealed that striker Rasmus Hojlund was in an offside position and interfering with play. Hojlund’s presence obstructed Trafford’s path to the ball, preventing him from reaching it.
A Frustrating Outcome
The decision proved to be a bitter disappointment for Evans, who had last scored for United in January 2014 during an EFL Cup match against Sunderland. The Burnley game marked his first start for the club since 2015.
Despite this setback, Evans managed to contribute to his team’s efforts by providing an assist for Bruno Fernandes just before half-time.
The disallowed goal left many Red Devils fans infuriated. They pointed out that Manchester City had scored a similar goal against Fulham earlier in September, which had been allowed to stand.
Howard Webb, chief refereeing officer at Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, later admitted that Nathan Ake’s goal for Manchester City should not have been allowed due to Manuel Akanji obstructing the Fulham goalkeeper.
Webb explained on Sky Sports: “From the outset, I want to say this should have been disallowed. These are not always easy to call because you are trying to get two pieces of information together. Is the player in an offside position, which an official is in a good position to see, and what consequence was there of the player being in that position, and how it impacts the opponents?
“It certainly appears that Akanji has an impact on Bernd Leno, the goalkeeper seems to hesitate. The officials on the field gave the goal, they did not see the obvious action that impacted Leno’s ability to play the ball. They did not feel it was clearly impactful on Leno’s ability to play the ball, but when you see it, you can see that hesitation by the goalkeeper who was waiting to see whether the ball made contact with Akanji, which would have deflected the ball.”