A new angle of Cristiano Ronaldo’s disallowed goal against Newcastle United on Sunday appears to suggest that it should have stood despite being controversially ruled out. The Portuguese icon was unable to prevent Manchester United from being held to a goalless draw at Old Trafford but it was not down to a lack of effort on his part as he saw two goals chalked off in quick succession.
The first came when he was rightly flagged offside after linking up with Jadon Sancho before he tried to capitalise on the resulting free-kick to put United in front. Fabian Schar passed the ball back to Nick Pope, which led Ronaldo to believe that he was within his rights to dispossess the Newcastle goalkeeper and finish into an empty net, but the goal was quickly ruled out by referee Craig Pawson in spite of the ensuing protests.
Ronaldo went on to receive a yellow card for the passionate manner in which he argued the decision, but a new clip from the stands at Old Trafford appears to give weight to his belief that the goal should have counted. The footage recorded by Bettsy UK on YouTube shows that Pawson blew his whistle to resume proceedings before Schar played the ball to Pope, which suggests that Ronaldo’s close-range strike may have been wrongly disallowed.
It was not to be for the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, though, and United were eventually forced to settle for a frustrating draw in spite of their best efforts. Red Devils manager Erik ten Hag refused to be drawn into commenting on the incident after the full-time whistle, with the Dutchman insisting that the circumstances were abundantly clear for all to see.
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“I don’t have a comment, everyone has seen it,” said Ten Hag. “I shared that with them [the officials]. Everyone has seen what happened today on the pitch.”
Newcastle boss Eddie Howe, meanwhile, was adamant that the ball was not in play when Ronaldo pounced on Pope. He argued that Schar was simply giving the ball to the England goalkeeper so he could take the free-kick and that it would have been a tricky pill to swallow if the goal was allowed to stand.
“I could see it at the time, and for me it was clear Fabi wasn’t taking the kick,” said Howe in his post-match press conference.
“He was allowing Nick to do it. I don’t know if the ref had blown his whistle, but I don’t think he had to restart play. For me, it was clear that Nick was waiting to actually deliver the free-kick and then, obviously, Ronaldo had taken the ball off him.
“It would have been a very, very difficult goal to swallow if it had stood. For me it was clear the ball wasn’t in play.”
Ronaldo was eventually replaced by Marcus Rashford with 20 minutes remaining as United were held at home by Newcastle, who looked the better of the two sides in the first half but had their backs to the wall in the second. The result saw United stay fifth in the Premier League table ahead of their next match against Tottenham, who will do battle with the Red Devils at Old Trafford on Wednesday night.
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