Manuel Akanji scored a “joke” first objective for Manuel Utd in Saturday’s Manchester derby, additionally claiming the referee was influenced by the house crowd.
- Akanji scores Bruno’s prank objective
- The house followers are stated to have influenced the referee’s determination
- United seize bragging rights within the derby
WHAT HAPPENED? The Purple Devils got here from behind to beat rivals Manchester Metropolis in Saturday’s derby. Jack Grealish opened the scoring for the guests earlier than Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford discovered the again of the online for Manchester United.
Fernandes’ 78th-minute equalizer sparked controversy as Marcus Rashford was caught offside chasing Casemiro’s via ball. When Rashford didn’t contact the ball and let the Portuguese take the shot, Manuel Akanji, who marked him, thought that the striker was disrupting the sport and thus the objective shouldn’t have stood.
WHAT THEY SAID: After the sport, Akanji stated: “The primary objective is a joke it is allowed. Rashford is clearly offside. I perceive he does not contact the ball however he runs 30 meters chasing it after which stops as a result of Bruno comes behind him . A minimum of the referee has to have a look at the state of affairs. The strain in all probability received to him within the stadium, that is why he determined to let it go.”
BIGGER PICTURE: Following their large Manchester derby win, Erik ten Hag gained the lads’s now have 38 factors from 18 matches, one lower than Pep Guardiola’s facet. Additionally they stay simply six factors away from leaders Arsenal – who they face subsequent weekend.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR MANCHESTER CITY? The Cityzens will likely be determined to get again to successful methods after they face Tottenham this Thursday.