The Premier League resumed its thrilling action after the international break, with Manchester United taking on Brighton and Hove Albion in a highly anticipated match at Old Trafford.
The stage was set for a battle of football giants as United sought to reignite their Premier League campaign, while the Seagulls, who had impressed many, aimed to continue their fine form.
Despite enjoying more possession and creating numerous chances, United found themselves trailing 1-0 after just 20 minutes, courtesy of former United striker Danny Welbeck, who calmly slotted the ball home following a precise cross by Simon Adingra.
The Red Devils, determined to get back in the game, fought hard and managed to level the score before halftime. Rasmus Hojlund, making his full United debut, expertly poked home a cross from Marcus Rashford. However, the jubilation was short-lived as VAR intervened and disallowed the goal, citing the ball’s alleged out-of-play status when Rashford delivered the cross.
This controversial VAR decision left Manchester United fans frustrated and divided. Influential United fan and YouTuber Mark Goldbridge took to social media to express his opinion, writing: “Tell me they haven’t guessed… should have been given. If you’re unsure, the onus should go with the attacking side.”
To make matters worse for United, they conceded another goal as Pascal Gross found the net, eluding Lisandro Martinez and firing a brilliant effort into the bottom corner.
As the match unfolded, Manchester United found themselves in 11th place in the Premier League standings, having collected just six points from their first five matches. The VAR decision continued to be a topic of debate and contention among fans and pundits alike.