Manchester United drew 1-1 against West Bromwich Albion in the 2020/21 Premier League. Sunday’s match at The Hawthorns (14/2) ended in a draw thanks to goals from Mbaye Diagne and Bruno Fernandes.
These results make Man United fall behind in the race for the title. Currently Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad has 46 points from 24 matches. Meanwhile, Manchester City who are at the top have 53 points from 23 matches.
There is controversy over the use of VAR in matches at The Hawthorns. Solskjaer and United complained about the referee’s decision not to award a penalty. According to a report from The Athletic, Jon Moss (the referee in the VAR room) had examined the incident and considered that the moment was not considered a violation.
Moss did not see if Maguire was in an offside position (as part of the attack line). However the referee in the room asked Craig Pawson (the referee in the field) to check the replays on the screen on the sidelines.
The actions that Moss took resulted in the right decision, but could also be problematic because it bypassed checking the flow of the opponent’s attack. However, checking the opponent’s attack flow (APP) will also result in a similar decision considering Maguire is in an offside position when receiving the ball.