Man United, Barcelona each slam ref after Europa League draw

Erik ten Hag hinted that the “strain” obtained to referee Maurizio Mariani after he did not set up what the Manchester United supervisor believed was a clear crimson card offence dedicated by Barcelona defender Jules Kounde by way of the 2-2 draw at Camp Nou.

United had been main 2-1 inside the predominant leg of their Europa League spherical of 32 tie when Marcus Rashford went down underneath a problem from Kounde as he regarded to run by way of on aim.

Mariani waved play on earlier than reserving Ten Hag for his protests and afterwards the Dutchman slammed the Italian official’s choice.

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“If I make a diploma that has an huge affect on this recreation and at this floor, at 2-1, it was a clear foul on Marcus Rashford,” said Ten Hag.

“we’re in a place to debate if it is contained in the area or exterior the area, however positively, it is a crimson card.

“I requested the referee why. So he said it was exterior the area and it was no foul. And the linesman and referee had been in an excellent place to see and that i really feel we had VAR. i really feel it is not good, it was a very unhealthy choice. i am unable to understand.

“probably they had been pressed by the strain Barca made. it is an huge affect, not solely on this recreation however on this spherical, and referees can not make such errors.”

regardless of scoring his twenty second aim of the season and setting organising the second by way of a Kounde personal aim to place United in entrance, Rashford was additionally left livid on different to not flag for a foul after the collision with Kounde.

“I even have by no means watched it again, however i do not understand why the linesman or the referee thinks i am taking place there?” Rashford informed BT Sport.

“i’ve touched it previous him, my foot is in entrance of the ball and he hits my leg. it is clear contact and was one hundred% a foul.”

Barca coach Xavi Hernandez additionally fumed on the officiating for not awarding his side a penalty for a handball by Fred late on.

The ball struck the Brazilian midfielder’s arm contained in the world inside the final 10 minutes however neither the referee nor the VAR deemed it ample to signal a spot kick.

“it is a penalty, for me, a very clear penalty,” Xavi said in a information convention. “The place [of Fred’s arm] was not pure. it is crystal clear. It occurred in Milan inside the Champions League [against Inter] and now right here. i do not know what now we ought to do to get one. it is unbelievable it was not given.”

United fought again from going a aim proper down to Marcos Alonso‘s fiftieth-minute opener to steer 2-1 earlier than Raphinha equalised inside the 76th minute for Barcelona. it could make United favourites to progress from the tie forward of the second leg at previous Trafford subsequent week however Ten Hag immediate his group should be heading again to Manchester with a extreme lead.

“We created many possibilities and it is a disappointment that we did not rating them. we ought to always have scored a minimal of 4 targets,” he added.

“i really feel we dictated the sport, completely different than probably quarter-hour inside the predominant half, we had some difficulties, however inside the relaxation we had been dictating the sport and we had so many possibilities.”

information from ESPN’s Sam Marsden contributed to this report.


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