What David de Gea told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer about Everton's disallowed goal
David de Gea told Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that VAR was right to disallow Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s late Everton goal as Gylfi Sigurdsson had ‘distracted’ him while in an offside position.
Manchester United looked to have lost their second successive Premier League match at Goodison Park as Calvert-Lewin’s shot deflected in off Harry Maguire in the dying moments of Sunday’s clash.
The goal would have sealed a 2-1 win for Everton after Bruno Fernandes cancelled out Calvert-Lewin’s earlier effort with a long-range strike in the 31st minute.
Referee Chris Kavanagh initially awarded the goal to Calvert-Lewin before VAR ruled that Sigurdsson was in an offside position and had obstructed De Gea’s line of sight.
Calvert-Lewin felt Everton had been denied victory by a ‘horrendous’ decision but United goalkeeper De Gea was in total agreement with the video assistant referee.
‘It was a lively end to the game – we thought we could and should have won it and then it was drama at the other end,’ United head coach Solskjaer told Sky Sports.
‘David told me he gets distracted because he [Gylfi Sigurdsson] is there.
‘His save to his right was fantastic – I was 100 per cent sure that would be a goal.’
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti vented his anger at referee Kavanagh for the decision and the Italian was shown a red card for his behaviour.
‘There was no explanation from the referee. I asked for one,’ Ancelotti later explained.
‘After the game there was a misunderstanding on the pitch, he sent me off, after that I spoke with him calmly.
“I want to keep this conversation private, now he’s doing a report to the Football Association and we will see.
‘For sure I didn’t disrespect him, but I can understand also at the end of the game, there is a lot of pressure and excitement, a lot of important decisions but I didn’t disrespect him.’
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