Manchester United’s 2-0 win over Chelsea kept them in the hunt for the Champions League, but it wasn’t without controversy.
The Red Devils had the benefit of three VAR decisions going in their favour – two disallowed Blues goals and a review that failed to send Harry Maguire off.
The centre-back appeared to kick out at Michy Batshuayi while on the floor, an almost identical offence to the one which saw Son Heung-min sent off against Chelsea in December.
To make matters all the more infuriating for the hosts, not only did United get to keep 11 men on the pitch, Maguire later popped up with their second goal.
You couldn’t write it.
Chelsea had themselves to blame for a host of missed chances, Reece James, Willian and Batshuayi all guilty of blazing decent opportunities wide.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men had no such problems, opening the scoring through Anthony Martial right on the stroke of half time and Maguire then doubling their lead through a header courtesy of Bruno Fernandes’ set piece.
The fact the Portuguese, signed in January from Sporting Lisbon, is already weighing in with assists is very encouraging, but United fans have unearthed commentary which reminds us that Harry ‘Potter’ Maguire is still worth getting excited about too…
The assist from Bruno 👊— UTFR 🇾🇪 (@ManUtd_HQ) February 18, 2020
The header from Maguire. 👊
That commentary tho 👏👏👏👏pic.twitter.com/f9X2sqwoei
Slabhead, Dennis the Menace… add it to the list of nicknames.
The England international seemed to have some sort of spell over the ref, at least, but not over millions watching at home who were not buying his excuses for the Batshuayi incident.
“I felt like he was going to fall on me and my natural reaction was to straighten my leg, if he was to fall on me to hold him up,” the United captain told Sky Sports.