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Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg explains why Arsenal’s controversial goal at Manchester United wasn’t disallowed


Arsenal’s controversial goal at Old Trafford was not disallowed (Picture: Getty)

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has explained why Arsenal’s bizarre opening goal against Manchester United wasn’t disallowed.

Emile Smith Rowe gave the Gunners the lead after 13 minutes at Old Trafford on Thursday night but his goal came in controversial circumstances.

United goalkeeper David de Gea went down with an injury from an Arsenal corner after being stood on by team-mate Fred, but play went on and Smith Rowe rifled home from the edge of the box with De Gea still on the floor.

Referee Martin Atkinson appeared to be considering intervening but eventually awarded the goal, with Clattenburg insisting this was his only choice as a foul was not committed and the game had not been stopped.

Speaking on Prime Video, former Premier League official Clattenburg said: ‘[Atkinson] has to give the goal here.

‘Fred accidentally stamps on De Gea so it’s not a foul. He doesn’t blow his whistle [before the ball crosses the line] so he has to give the goal.’

Former England goalkeeper Rob Green, meanwhile, said on BBC Radio 5 Live: ‘It is an incredible decision.

Manchester United’s David de Gea was on the floor when the goal went in (Picture: Getty)

‘Yes, you have head injuries that are allowed to stop the game. But this is a genuine injury.

‘It is impossible for Manchester United to do anything to stop the goal. De Gea would have saved it. An unbelievable decision. Amazing.’

Speaking at half-time, Clattenburg added: ‘I’ve never seen anything quite as extraordinary as that.

‘However, Martin Atkinson is powerless. He doesn’t see De Gea down on the floor, he isn’t looking at the goalkeeper. He will probably feel there’s been a foul in the build-up and that’s why VAR is there, but there’s not.’

Prime Video pundits Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry and Patrice Evra all agreed that the right decision was made, calling it a ‘valid goal’.

While the Manchester United players were furious that Arsenal’s goal stood, the hosts equalised before half-time through Bruno Fernandes, who netted his first goal since September 11.

Ex-Premier League goalkeeper Green added: ‘It is a cool finish. Opens his foot and strokes it into the far corner.

‘That extra body, committing to the attack and go beyond the back line. One more pass in there. Sancho has runners outside and inside him. Back on level terms.’

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