“Marcus Rashford deserves a letter of apology,” says Ian Ladyman after wrongly accusing the Manchester United player of diving

Manchester United lose 2 games in a row against the London clubs.


“Marcus Rashford deserves a letter of apology,” says Ian Ladyman after wrongly accusing the Manchester United player of diving

Marcus Rashford. (Via Daily Mail)

Following Marcus Rashford‘s controversial penalty call against Nottingham Forest last weekend, Ian Ladyman, Football editor of the Daily Mail, criticized the Englishman heavily, accusing him of diving.

Manchester United were trailing 2-0 early into the game against Nottingham Forest. However, the Red Devils made a comeback when Eriksen found the net in the 17th minute before Casemiro drew United level and Forest were down to ten men. Later Rashford appeared to ‘dive’ from a tackle by Danilo. As a result, United were awarded the penalty and Bruno Fernandes slotted home from 12 yards.

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Ian Ladyman heavily criticized Rashford for diving to win the penalty. But having seen other angles of the foul the editor accepted his mistake and even said that he may have to write a letter of apology to the United forward. While talking on It’s All Coming Up with co-host Chris Sutton, Ian Ladyman said that the 25-year-old had in fact, dived. But this was his reply a few moments later, “I have to say this, I might have to write Marcus a letter of apology.”

Meanwhile, Chris Sutton said that referees are often intimidated by the atmosphere at Old Trafford. Hence, the reason why they favor them in their decisions. Pointing out the season-opener against the Wolves, as an example.

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Manchester United are in a mess of troubles

Declan Rice
Declan Rice. (via Sporting News)

After losing their last away game 2-0 against Tottenham, Machester United faced Arsenal at the Emirates on Sunday. Going into the game, both sides were looking off. While the Red Devils just won against Nottingham Forest, the Gunners had to satisfy for a draw against Fulham.

Both sets of fans were pragmatic, yet they had believed that their team could edge the other for a much-needed win earlier on in the season. It was a thriller, by all means! Fans know Manchester United versus Arsenal is no less of a derby and it proved on Sunday yet again. 2 goals within a span of 1 minute- Rashford’s opener in the 27th minute and Odegaard’s equalizer in the 28th- a treat.

Though, for the next hour of the game, there was no drama as such. Constant attacking pressure from either side but no goal conversion. However, in the 88th minute, the away fans roared with joy as they thought Alejandro Garnacho‘s composed finish won them the game. But the celebrations were soon cut off due to offside.

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The board showed 8 minutes of extra time. Declan Rice opened his Arsenal account from the corner in the 96th minute before Gabriel Jesus, who returned from injury, scored the third in the 101st minute of the game. Erik ten Hag left with head in hands, and away fans left in disbelief. Manchester United will go back to the drawing board, discussing the tactics. But the Gooners will be at it for the next two weeks till the Premier League resumes after the International break.

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