Manchester United got the bone of contention with their 2-1 win over Manchester City; Marcus Rashford stood in the offside position as Bruno Fernandes headed home but missed the ball; Pep Guardiola thinks the goal should have been scored
Pep Guardiola believes Manchester United’s first goal against his hometown team should have been ruled offside by Marcus Rashford after the striker ‘helped’ in the move that turned the derby on its head.
City saw their 1-0 lead at Old Trafford reversed when Bruno Fernandes headed home before Rashford fired home the winner three minutes later – but the opening goal was marred by controversy. Casemiro played the ball past Rashford – who was in an offside position – and tried to flick it over.
The United striker realized that Fernandes – who was in the prime of the game – was in a better position and the midfielder raced to score. Rashford didn’t hit any players in the move, but he clearly tried to get on the end of the pass.
Guardiola believes that Rashford is affecting the game by interfering with City defender Manuel Akanji’s defensive runs, which will put him on the outside under the rules. “Manu Akanji stopped the [running] line,” Guardiola said. “If he knows he’s going to go with Rashford, he’s going to go back with him and do a one-on-one duel and see what happens. But he [Rashford] got into the act.
“But the referee decided that he was not involved in this stadium. Well, what shall we do? Should we file a complaint? No. Thanks for that. Sometimes it happens at our [level]. Sometimes [it seems] like that.
“The decision was they didn’t believe it [had an impact on the game]. Rashford was at the event when it happened. It’s Old Trafford. We have to play better. As if it were Anfield. We must do better.
“The law is the law, the interpretation is up to the judge. I mean Rashford is out, not Bruno. This situation is for the judges.”
Guardiola gave the example of an Offside player standing on the goal line being penalized by a teammate – and it was similar. However, the City manager was focused on how his side could defend well within minutes of Fernandes’ equaliser. Rashford headed home Alejandro Garnacho’s cross just three minutes into the 46th minute after United scored. “Rashford is out. Bruno Fernandes is out. The question is to intervene or not to intervene in the action,” said Guardiola. “When a player shoots at [another] player in front of the goalkeeper and does not touch the ball, it is prohibited when all.
“The decision is really [with the referees and VAR. We follow the action, we don’t do offside [appeals], we follow the action and when the action is over, it’s Ederson who puts in hand [and stop] or not. “What can we improve? After we got the goal, in the next few minutes, we couldn’t concede another one. We let them score. come come come This is the most important detail we need to improve for the future.”
What is the Offside Rule in This Case?
A player in an offside position during a team-mate’s play or touch is penalized if he is involved in active play by:
- obstruct play by playing or touching the ball that passes or touches a fellow team member or
- block the opponent by:
- prevent an opponent from playing or being able to hit the ball by effectively blocking the opponent’s field of vision or
- challenge the opponent for the ball or
- successfully attempts to kick the ball close when it touches an opponent or
- make an obvious move that affects the opponent’s ability to hit the ball