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​Former ref Halsey: Man Utd lucky to keep Rashford goal

Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey believes Manchester United were fortunate in their 1-1 draw with Liverpool.

The Red Devils opened the scoring through Marcus Rashford, after an excellent cross from Daniel James.

But the goal could have been been ruled out for an earlier foul from Victor Lindelof on Divock Origi.

Ex-ref Halsey wrote in The Sun: "Victor Lindelof fouls Divock Origi by catching him from behind in the build-up to Marcus Rashford's strike.

"You could argue that it was a 'clear and obvious' error not to award a free-kick to Liverpool.

"A far lesser infringement led to Burnley having a goal chalked off by VAR at Leicester — these inconsistencies need to be ironed out.

"VAR was correct to disallow Sadio Mane's goal, under new interpretation of law 12 (handling the ball), as replays showed the ball clearly touched his arm.

"The ball hit Fred's shoulder in Manchester United's box in injury time but there is no way that is a 'clear and obvious' mistake so Liverpool were never going to be awarded a penalty for that."

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