May 14, 2021

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Maguire explains how VAR controversy propelled Man United to beat Spurs

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Manchester United captain Harry Maguire has detailed how the VAR controversy in the first half inspired the comeback victory against Tottenham.

Edinson Cavani’s effort was chalked off following an extremely soft foul from Scott McTominay on Son Heung-Min in the build-up, with the VAR review and subsequent change to Chris Kavanagh’s decision attracting vast criticism.

The United players were understandably frustrated with the call and Maguire has admitted it led to a period where the side lost their grip on the game.

However, they finished the first half strongly and built upon that with a second-half performance to provide another boost in the hunt to secure a top-four finish.


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“I think anybody who has watched football for a long time will get to the same decision as what everyone else thinks, unless you’re a Tottenham fan,” he told MUTV.

“That can’t be football, it can’t be. We play a contact sport, you’re touching your opponent. It’s not his elbow, it’s not his arm. It’s probably his finger.

“I actually haven’t seen it back but I saw it on the monitor and thought there was no chance that it was going to be overturned. It’s so disappointing, I don’t know what the referees will come out and say but I hope for the love of the game that they come out and say they got that one wrong.”

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Maguire admitted the incident helped encourage United to fight back to win the game, which all but assures their spot in the top-four and Champions League qualification next season.

“I think after it happened, there was two or three minutes where we lost our shape and our heads, we made a few too many fouls, couple of bookings, but then after that, it kicked us into gear. It put a little bit more life into us and made us play a bit more aggressive, a bit more on the front foot with more tackles.

“We really pinned them in. We came out in the second half knowing that we could get something if we just played like we did for the last 10 minutes of the first half and I think it showed.”

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