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‘It’s not subjective’ – Mike Dean explains why Marcus Rashford’s Man United goal was given against Liverpool

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‘It’s not subjective’ – Mike Dean explains why Marcus Rashford’s Man United goal was given against Liverpool

In previous seasons, referee Mike Dean would have “disallowed” Marcus Rashford’s goal against Liverpool.

The Reds were defeated 2-1 by Manchester United on Monday night, continuing their poor start to the season.

Jurgen Klopp’s team has only two points from a possible nine in their first three Premier League games.

VAR scrutinised Rashford’s goal, determining that the United striker was close to being offside, with Joe Gomez the last outfield player tracking back.

Finally, it was decided that the goal would stand.

Dean, who retired from Premier League refereeing at the end of last season, is now a VAR official. 

He has explained why the goal was allowed to stand and why it might have been disallowed in other years.

“Two years ago, Rashford’s strike might have been disallowed – one of those ‘toenail’ offsides that was highlighted when VAR first arrived in England,” Dean wrote for the Daily Mail .

“But the Premier League and PGMOL made changes for the good of the game – in agreement with the clubs – and I want to talk you through that and the process we now go through.

“While most of Old Trafford was celebrating United taking a 2-0 lead, VAR Darren England and his team at Stockley Park were taking a closer look at the moment Rashford broke behind Liverpool’s back line.

“First the ‘kick point’ – the moment a team-mate plays the ball – is confirmed. Once they are locked in, the system will then flash up green for onside or red for offside. It’s not subjective. It’s factual.

“But last summer, changes were made so that if the lines are overlapping, it’s onside. It’s too close to call otherwise and so the advantage is given to the attacker, as it was with Rashford at Old Trafford on Monday evening.”

‘It’s not subjective’ – Mike Dean explains why Marcus Rashford’s Man United goal was given against Liverpool

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