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A new image shows why Marcus Rashford’s goal against Liverpool should have been ‘overturned’ – thanks to Premier League new rule

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A new image shows why Marcus Rashford’s goal against Liverpool should have been ‘overturned’ – thanks to Premier League new rule

Marcus Rashford’s goal against Liverpool on Monday night should have been given offside, according to a new image.

The Reds were defeated 2-1 on the night by a rare energetic and forceful  Manchester United performance, with goals from Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford.

Rashford’s goal, however, has been called into question online, with new images showing the new VAR rule in effect.

Liverpool may be disappointed with their performance last night and may be irritated by the decision, but they will have no problems with the new rule.

Rashford offside?

When the ball was played, Rashford appeared to be ahead of the last defender, Joe Gomez.

At first glance, it appeared to be a close call, but Rashford is allowed to be onside thanks to the new ‘tolerance level’ added to VAR last summer.

Rashford’s goal was only valid because of a change in the way VAR offside was implemented a year ago.

The current VAR offside system has several flaws; the new system implemented prior to EURO 2020 was designed to give attackers the benefit of the doubt.

This is accomplished by manually plotting points on the attacker’s and defender’s bodies.

If the two lines come into contact, the call is too close to call and the attacker should be given onside.

This was implemented to eliminate offside calls that were a ‘toe’ offside.

A Liverpool example would be Jordan Henderson’s goal against Everton in the 2020/21 season, in which Sadio Mane was ‘offside’ in the build-up but is now onside.

Attackers are now given the benefit of the doubt, which is measured by returning 5cm to the attacking player, meaning they can be just in front of the defender but the goal will stand due to system inaccuracies.

Normally, the offside image shows both lines (attacker and defender), but when a player is onside due to the new tolerance level, the computer only displays the line to the defender – which is green in the Premier League to make it clear that a goal is good.

Because they would sit on top of each other, the line is not displayed to both players (in any league).

Rashford was slightly offside, but onside because of the ‘benefit of the doubt.’

A new image shows why Marcus Rashford’s goal against Liverpool should have been ‘overturned’ – thanks to Premier League new rule

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