Why Rasmus Hojlund's goal against Brighton was disallowed

Manchester United’s problem start to the 2023/24 season advanced Saturday afternoon as they were beaten 3-1 by Brighton at Old Trafford.

The was an air of optimism at Old Trafford prior to kick-off as Danish forward Rasmus Hojlund was handed his very first start for the club, having just made a short look from the bench versus Arsenal prior to the worldwide break.

In completion, it became a little a problem complete launching for Hojlund on account of the outcome and having an objective eliminated which might have altered the video game.


Hojlund was mainly outstanding versus Brighton / OLI SCARFF/GettyImages

Manchester United really began in a favorable way versus the Seagulls and, while they definitely weren’t blowing Roberto De Zerbi’s side away, they looked most likely to get the opening objective.

Marcus Rashford took a crack at from a tight angle conserved by Jason Steele and Hojlund almost got on completion of a cross from the England winger, with the set appearing to work effectively together. Then Danny Welbeck’s opener got here and Ten Hag’s side never ever truly recuperated.

However, it appeared they had when Rashford got to the byline and squeezed the ball into package where Hojlund was waiting to change his body and intuitively send out a surface into the bottom corner. He wheeled away in event, however then the VAR check came.

It ended up that as Rashford got to the byline, the ball had actually really somewhat headed out of play, rejecting Hojlund a very first Red Devils objective through no fault of his own. One angle which did the rounds on social networks recommended the ball had actually not headed out of play, however another revealed conclusively it had actually simply crossed the line.

There were a number of circumstances of the house fans booing at Old Trafford on Saturday, primarily at the full-time whistle. The discontent was heard loudly when Hojlund, among the couple of gamers in red not having regrettable a video game, was replaced. It likewise didn’t assist that it was Anthony Martial, a gamer Man Utd fans appear really bored of seeing, who changed him.

Ten Hag spoke with journalism after the match about the alternative and discussed it was produced physical fitness factors.

“I think it was positive, you see that the fans in the first moment in Old Trafford, the reception for [Hojlund] was great, I think he performed very well,” he stated.

“So I think it’s good that they give him this signal, this message. It will give him belief, Rasmus, but everyone knows he came in with a small issue, we built him over the past three, four weeks, he’s not ready for a whole game. And we have many games to play [at] short notice, so yeah, we have to build him also in fitness.”

Rasmus Hojlund, Anthony Martial

Hojlund’s withdrawal was consulted with boos / Lewis Storey/GettyImages

When Tag Hag was asked if the boos were for Martial beginning instead of Hojlund being brought off, he stated: “I think it was because Rasmus Hojlund came off. But I don’t want to discuss that, I don’t know.

“But I believe Anthony Martial whenever, in 2015, whenever when he had an extremely favorable impact on our video games. I believe even we practically lost no video games with Anthony Martial on the pitch. If that’s the truth, I do not comprehend, since when he is healthy, he certainly will contribute.”


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