Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink slammed VAR after Arsenal were denied a goal during Sunday’s Crunch Premier League game at Old Trafford.
The Gunners thought they had taken the lead in the 12th minute when Gabriel Martinelli caught a perfect through ball from Bukayo Saka and clipped the ball over the oncoming David de Gea.
However, referee Paul Tierney was encouraged to visit the pitchside monitor and decide a tackle between Martin Odegaard and Christian Eriksen that started Arsenal’s breakaway.
The match official then crossed out the goal on the grounds that the Arsenal captain had no contact with the ball.
However, Hasselbaink argued that Eriksen went down too easily and that VAR did not need to intervene.
He told Sky Sports: “I think it’s ridiculous that they’re going back to that. I don’t think it’s a foul. They changed their statement that they will be more lenient.
“Yes, there is contact, Eriksen is just weaker than the other player, it’s just a game change and a transition. He just weakened and falls on the mistake, for me it’s not a foul.
“He doesn’t kick the player. he just makes contact and that’s allowed. They wanted it to be more fluid. Why is it a free kick?’
Fellow expert and former Arsenal star Paul Merson agreed, adding: “Eriksen went down very weakly, you could say it was a stab in the back.
“You might as well just go down and fall over because they’re going to go back. It was a great finish and weight of the pass. I think they are very lucky.”
Roy Keane, on the other hand, felt that Odegaard’s inability to get anything on the ball saved United from conceding the first goal in a riveting game.
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