Paul Pogba concedes penalty but is spared by VAR review

Paul Pogba survives penalty scare as VAR review helps overturn decision to award Brighton a second spot-kick… before Harry Maguire gets away with a clumsy challenge of his own on lively forward Aaron Connolly

  • Pogba brought down Connolly as he struggled to catch up early in second-half
  • Referee Chris Kavanagh quickly pointed to the penalty spot and booked Pogba
  • But he was encouraged by VAR official Simon Hooper to check pitchside screen
  • After viewing the replays, Kavanagh overturned his decision to give penalty
  • Connolly appeared to grab Pogba’s shirt before going down and was penalised
  • It would have been the second penalty conceded by sloppy United in the game 

Paul Pogba’s blushes were spared by the Video Assistant Referee after the Manchester United man conceded a penalty at Brighton.

The French midfielder clumsily brought down Aaron Connolly as he closed in on goal early in the second-half at the Amex Stadium.

Referee Chris Kavanagh immediately pointed to the penalty spot and booked Pogba but was advised to review the decision on the pitchside monitor by VAR official Simon Hooper.

Paul Pogba clumsily brings down Aaron Connolly early in the second half at the Amex Stadium

The Brighton forward was through on goal and fell under pressure from Pogba in the box

Referee Chris Kavanagh awarded the penalty but then urged to check the pitchside monitor

The replays showed that Connolly had initiated the contact by reaching back and tugging the front of Pogba’s shirt as they strained to reach the ball.

That was enough for Kavanagh to overturn his decision and rescind the yellow card for Pogba, much to Connolly’s frustration.

It would have been the second penalty awarded against a sluggish United side in the game.

Bruno Fernandes bundled over Tariq Lamptey in the 37th minute with the penalty confirmed after a VAR check.

Having seen the replays, Kavanagh decided to overturn his decision and there was no penalty

Connolly was left frustrated as replays showed he had grabbed Pogba’s shirt before the foul

Brighton forward Neal Maupay scored a cheeky Panenka penalty past David de Gea to hand the home side the lead.

United equalised just before half-time, however, when Harry Maguire shot from close range with the final touch coming off Brighton defender Lewis Dunk.

And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, having seen two goals disallowed themselves, went into the lead through Marcus Rashford on 55 minutes.

Brighton felt they should have been awarded another spot-kick not long afterwards when Connolly went down under pressure from Maguire but Kavanagh waved away appeals and VAR confirmed his decision.

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