Marcus Rashford SENT OFF with straight red after VAR review

Marcus Rashford red card against Copenhagen was the RIGHT call, insists Robbie Savage… but Jamie Carragher, Paul Scholes and Owen Hargreaves all disagree!

Marcus Rashford was sent off with a straight red in Manchester United’s Champions League game against Copenhagen – and pundits couldn’t agree on whether it was deserved. 

The forward was dismissed after 42 minutes following a VAR review on his challenge against Elias Jelert with United 2-0 up – and the sending-off caused a huge momentum shift. 

While Rashford tried to protect the ball, he accidentally stamped on the shin of the Danish defender. 

He will now miss their crunch clash against Galatasaray in the next game, and Robbie Savage felt the red card was merited. 

He said on TNT Sports: ‘That, for me, is a red card. When you see it there, he’s just gone to protect the ball, but by doing that, that’s a straight red. One hundred per cent a red card.

Marcus Rashford was sent off for his foul on Elias Jalert during the first half in Copenhagen

The forward was dismissed after a VAR review 42 minutes into the game with United 2-0 up

The sending-off means Rashford will miss United’s critical clash against Galatasaray next time

Mohamed Elyounoussi got a goal back for the hosts three minutes after Rashford’s dismissal

Diogo Goncalves levelled deep into stoppage time after Harry Maguire’s handball

‘He’s gone to protect the ball, but as we can see, studs on the shin. He’s gone to get his body between the opposition player and the ball, but by doing that, he’s inadvertently stamped on his shin. No complaints, it’s a red card.’ 

He later added: ‘It was endangering an opponent. There’s no way Rashford can stay on after that.’

However, Jamie Carragher disagreed, tweeting: ‘No way is that a red card for Rashford! Hate these slow motion replays & still images that make everything look ten times worse.

At half-time, Owen Hargreaves and Paul Scholes were in agreement with Carragher. 

Hargreaves said: ‘No, not [a red] in a million years. He’s just trying to put his leg up so he bumps into it. In real time, he’s not trying to foul him. I know it looks poor but it’s not malicious, it’s not serious foul play.’

Scholes added: ‘It’s an accident. He’s trying to protect his ball, plant his foot. This is where the referee’s understanding of the game needs to come into question.’ 

Minutes after Rashford was sent off, Copenhagen got one back to make it 2-1 via Mohamed Elyounoussi. 

Then nine minutes into first-half stoppage time, Diogo Goncalves scored from the penalty spot after Harry Maguire’s handball to make it 2-2. 

While the first half had been relatively straightforward until then, the flow of the game had suddenly shifted and United were desperate to make it to half-time. 

After the break, United brought on Sofyan Amrabat for Christian Eriksen, perhaps in an effort to shore up the midfield, being down to ten men.  

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