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Aston Villa fans have expressed frustration over Casemiro allegedly being offside in the build-up to Manchester United’s first goal in their crucial 2-1 win in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Red Devils took the lead at Villa Park in the 17th minute, with Rasmus Hojlund turning in Harry Maguire’s header from a corner.
Man United’s corner had followed a free kick from Luke Shaw, which was turned behind by an Aston Villa defender under pressure from Casemiro.
Replays have shown that the Brazilian midfielder had been in an offside position when the free kick was taken and had competed for the ball.
By competing for the ball Casemiro should have been adjudged to have been offside.
Rasmus Hojlund put Man United ahead at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon following a corner
Aston Villa fans believe Casemiro should have been ruled offside from an earlier free kick
Replays have shown Casemiro had been in an offside postion and challenged for the ball
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The corner leading to Man United’s opener was given instead, with VAR unable to intervene due to the set piece marking a new phase of play.
Aston Villa supporters reacted with frustration to the Casemiro not being flagged offside from the free kick, with Man United taking the lead in a key match in the race for Champions League football.
‘To really put the icing on the cake, Casemiro was offside from the free-kick which led to the corner,’ one Villa fan said.
‘I hate football on days like today. Really didn’t do a fat lot wrong and end up on the defeated side. And it’s always against them too. Irritating.
Another Villa fan said ‘Poor set-piece defending from us, but it wasn’t a foul on Rashford leading up to the corner.
‘Casemiro was offside and went for the ball despite not touching it; could be argued as taking part in that phase of play.’
‘That Man U goal was crazy. Softest free kick of the season which then led to Casemiro being offside when they forced a corner in which they scored,’ claimed a third.
‘Referees so scared to make the right decisions, getting too complacent with VAR.’
Aston Villa responded impressively to falling behind with Douglas Luiz drawing the hosts level in the second half.
Villa were undone in the closing minutes as substitute Scott McTominay headed Man United back in front in the 87th minute to secure a dramatic 2-1 victory.
The result could prove crucial in the race for Champions League football, with Man United closing the gap to fifth place Aston Villa to five points.
Defeat also saw Unai Emery’s side slip outside of the top four over the weekend, with Tottenham now a point ahead after their last 2-1 home against Brighton.
Source: Daily Mail