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Inattentive linesman rules out canny Man U goal

Inattentive linesman rules out canny Man U goal

Despite beating Chelsea 3-0 Sunday, Manchester United's players were angry after a canny corner that Cristiano Ronaldo headed into goal was disallowed.
When United won a corner on the stroke of halftime, Wayne Rooney nonchalantly rolled the ball into the quadrant and then nudged it back out. The touch signified the corner being taken and the ball was left for Ryan Giggs.
It was virtually unnoticed inside Old Trafford and apparently the linesman didn't notice it either because when Giggs ambled back to collect the ball _ and then run it forward before delivering the cross to Ronaldo's head _ referee Howard Webb blew his whistle.
"I don't think the linesman knew Wayne had taken a short one. I don't know if Wayne had told him," Giggs said. "I just jogged past Wayne and he said he'd took it, so it was clearly outside the D so I just ran across and took it."
Rooney and Giggs reacted angrily after the goal was disallowed and confronted the linesman.
"I don't see what the problem was," Rooney said. "I took the ball and rolled it out of the D ... the linesman got it wrong."
Although Webb wouldn't reverse his decision, Giggs floated in a traditional corner seconds later and Nemanja Vidic headed it in to give United a 1-0 lead.
"Luckily we scored just after that," Giggs said. "Obviously we would have been annoyed if we hadn't scored straight after it."
Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov added further goals in the second half to complete the victory and move United within one point of second-place Chelsea with two games in hand.


Updated : 2021-10-23 23:26 GMT+08:00