‘I think he tried to do it’: Gary Neville was left baffled when VAR decides NOT to send Oriol Romeu after a challenge at Mason Greenwood … but Matt Le Tissier insists the tackle was ‘accidental’
- Gary Neville was baffled at a decision not to send Oriol Romeu away
- The Southampton man seemed to take a late challenge on Mason Greenwood
- However, VAR supported Chris Kavangh’s decision not to award a red card
- Neville saw it as a ‘leg breaker’, while Matt Le Tissier said it was ‘accidental’
- The Saints earned a 2-2 draw with a late Michael Obafemi equalizer
Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Matt Le Tissier were divided over whether Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu should have seen red for a late challenge at Mason Greenwood at Old Trafford as Manchester United drew 2-2 against the Saints.
The Spanish player caught United’s hotshot late in the final stages of the first half, with the hosts leading Ralph Hassenhuttl’s squad 2-1.
Saints defender Ryan Bertrand followed the 18-year-old while firing neatly against a teammate, before Romeu punched in and made contact with Greenwood’s shin.
Sky Sports experts Gary Neville and Matt Le Tissier were split on a tackle from Oriol Romeu
The Southampton midfielder escaped a red card after a late challenge against Mason Greenwood
The video assistant referee was consulted about the incident, but was of the opinion that referee Chris Kavanagh had not made a clear and obvious mistake by deciding not to send Romeu away.
Sky Sports expert and United legend Gary Neville, however, believe that the Southampton man should have been left early.
“I don’t like that,” he said on live commentary. “I think that’s bad. The ball is gone, he tried to do it.
“I think he’s lucky there, Romeu. The ball’s gone, it could be those leg breakers. ‘
The Manchester United teenager was left in a bundle after the late tackle in the first half
United icon Marcel believed the challenge was a ‘leg breaker’ and worthy of a red card
Matt Le Tissier, however, found the challenge ‘accidental’ and the VAR made the right decision
Meanwhile, former Southampton star Le Tissier believed Kavanagh had made the right decision by not punishing Romeu.
“I disagree (with Gary Neville),” he said. “I don’t think it was a red, it always looks bad in slow motion.
“Romeu actually slows down when he gets to him, the power that goes into him is probably the thing that saves him because it looks bad on slow motion.
“I’m not sure if this is an intentional attempt and I don’t think the strength is enough to justify a red card. I think it would have been an accident if it had been more powerful, you would have said it would be similar to other red cards this season.
Michael Obafemi hit a late equalizer to hit United’s challenge for the top four on Monday-evening. The side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been almost clear since the Premier League restart, but missed the opportunity to jump Chelsea and Leicester to third position.