Here are the Manchester United evening headlines on Monday, February 15.
Why referee checked VAR monitor despite Maguire being offside
Manchester United centre-back Harry Maguire had a huge claim for a penalty overturned in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with West Brom.
The United captain went down after a challenge from Semi Ajayi, with referee Craig Pawson initially pointing to the spot.
The England international was in an offside position when the ball was delivered, but that would not have mattered if the referee decided to stick with his original decision.
FA rules stipulate that because the ‘foul’ took place before Maguire had played or attempted to play the ball, then the decision would’ve stood if Pawson thought it was a foul after second viewing.
FA rules state: “In a situation where a player in an offside position is moving towards the ball with the intention of playing the ball and is fouled before playing or attempting to play the ball or challenging an opponent for the ball, the foul is penalised as it has occurred before the offside offence.”
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Instagram’s response to Martial racist abuse
Manchester United attacker Anthony Martial was subjected to further racist abuse following his side’s draw with West Brom.
A number of users on the social media website left racist words and symbols on the Frenchman’s most recent post, which was uploaded 16 weeks ago.
Instagram told the PA news agency on Sunday evening that it is looking into the matter and has already removed a number of racist comments.
United have also been contacted and they say their position remains the same as what they said in their statement back at the end of January, where they insisted they were ‘disgusted’ by the abuse by ‘anonymous mindless idiots’.
Marcus Rashford and United Women’s forward Lauren James, her brother and Chelsea right-back Reece, and West Brom’s Romaine Sawyers have also been targeted in recent weeks.
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Hugill’s Amad admission
Joe Hugill has admitted he let Amad take a penalty on his Manchester United debut because he wanted to welcome the Ivorian youngster to the club in style.
The 18-year-old officially signed for United last month from Atalanta and made his debut in the Under-23s’ 6-3 win over Liverpool.
The latter’s second goal was a cheeky Penenka penalty and the former has now revealed why he let his new team-mate take the spot-kick.
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer asked the question of why Hugill didn’t take the penalty to get himself five goals.
“Amad gets a good start and why Joe didn’t take the penalty himself to get five goals I’m going to ask him,” Solskjaer said.
Now, Hugill has responded to the United manager, saying to Secret Scout. : “It was the first time I had met Amad! He really wanted the first pen (United were awarded two penalties in the match), and I was like ‘Nah, I’m going to have it!’ When you’re talking, you’re like ‘I need to score now.’
“You don’t want a massive argument as well because the other team will see that. I was on a hat-trick, so I had to take the first pen, and for the next one, as it was my first time meeting him, I wanted him to feel welcome!”