Why Scott McTominay’s goal for Manchester United vs Fulham was ruled out for offside

Manchester United thought they&aposd taken the lead inside the opening few minutes when McTominay tapped in from close range. The midfielder once again found himself in the right place to finish Alejandro Garnacho&aposs square pass, following an inch-perfect free-kick delivery from Bruno Fernandes.

But after a lengthy check, VAR assistant Jarret Gillett sent referee John Brooks over to the screen for a rare subjective offside review. Maguire was slightly beyond the last line of the Fulham defence but did not touch the ball.

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But after an on-field review, Brooks adjudged Maguire to have made a deliberate play towards the ball, impacting the game. He disallowed the goal.

“Your initial thought is that its onside, but Maguire does try to make contact with the ball and therefore itd be offside,” Jermaine Jenas explained on TNT Sports commentary duties. “Right there, he tries to play the ball at the end and that movement to win the ball is what makes him active.

“This is ridiculous [the on-field review] though. Are we just going to pass it around the house until someone actually makes a decision? The be-all-and-end-all is that they got the decision right in the end but when its going against you, its really going against you if youre Manchester United right now.”