Ex-Premier League referee says Calvert-Lewin strike vs Man Utd should have stood

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg says Dominic Calvert-Lewin's late disallowed goal for Everton against Manchester United should have stood.

The Toffees striker's deflected effort wrong-footed David de Gea and appeared to have given the hosts all three points at Goodison Park.

But the goal was ruled out by VAR with Gylfi Sigurdsson – who was on the turf in front of De Gea and in an offside position – deemed to be active.

It was a controversial decision with Sigurdsson seemingly not in De Gea's line of sight, though the Icelandic international did pull his foot out of the way to allow the ball to hit the back of the net.

And Clattenburg says – had he been the one making the decision – the goal would have stood.

The ex-whistler wrote in his column in the Daily Mail: "When Calvert-Lewin got his effort away, Sigurdsson was in an offside position, but the Everton midfielder did not touch the ball.

"So was he in De Gea's line of vision? The goalkeeper had full view of the ball when Calvert-Lewin took his shot and only the deflection off Harry Maguire left him with no chance of making a save.

"Therefore, I would have let this goal stand. VAR must have deemed Sigurdsson was interfering with De Gea's vision to give offside."

The goal would have been Calvert-Lewin's second of the afternoon after he profited from a howler by De Gea to put Everton in front early in the match.

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