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Harry Maguire Blames VAR following 1-1 draw against West Brom



Harry Maguire and Edison Cavani

Manchester United captain Harry Maguire insisted that VAR decisions cannot be “trusted” after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sidewere forced to draw frustratingly at West Brom on Sunday.

The Baggies were ahead early on when Mbaye Diagne edged out Victor Lindelof to get past David De Gea.  Bruno Fernandes equalized for the visitors just before the break with an unstoppable volley.

It appeared that United had been given a penalty in the second half when Maguire was brought down. But the VAR ruled that the defender was in an offside position and there was minimal contact.

Craig Pawson checking the VAR

Referee Craig Pawson checking the VAR after penalty was awarded for a foul on Harry Maguire. ( Photo by GettyImages)

Maguire came closer to scoring in injury time. His header seemed to be destined for the top corner, but Sam Johnstone was there to throw it to the post.

Speaking post-match with Sky Sports, as cited by BBC Sport, Maguire claimed that West Brom’s goal should have been ruled out for a foul:

“We created a lot of chances – enough to win the game. It was tough for ourselves with the goal we conceded, for us, it was a foul.

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“We played the game in their half. We can do more and improve but it’s disappointing. It was a tough job against a team that defends deep. In the second half, we played with a great tempo.

“We were so certain it was a penalty. Not sure why they needed to send him [the referee] to a monitor. The clip was minimal but it was a penalty. It seems like the decisions are going against us.

“We can’t be relying on VAR decisions we have to improve.”