PIERRE-EMERICK AUBAMEYANG equalised for Arsenal after one of THE worst offside decisions ever was overturned.
Man Utd defender Axel Tuanzebe gave the ball away, passing straight to to Gunners youngster Bukayo Saka, who impressed in a horrible 1-1 draw at Old Trafford
2 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was somehow called offside for this – before VAR overturned the decision allowing the goal to stand
Aubameyang has the ball in the net but the linesman puts his flag up – VAR checks the decision and Maguire was playing the striker onside so the goal stands! ⚽
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The 18-year-old played a perfect pass straight into the path of the Gunners hitman, with Auba racing through on goal and chipping over David De Gea to eqaulise.
Harry Maguire, stood directly in front of the assistant referee Scott Ledger, had played Auba well onside – with replays showing Aubameyang around three or four yards to the good.
But to the Arsenal striker's surprise, the linesman instantly raised his flag.
Maguire had leapt forward and Aubameyang's pace had put him quickly on goal.
But that is no excuse for just how bad the decision actually was.
After a mountain of criticism this season – especially regarding marginal offside decisions – the Video Assistant Referee checked this goal as referee Kevin Friend didn't whistle and allowed play to continue.
2 Aubameyang celebrates his goal as Arsenal drew with Manchester United in a poor game at Old TraffordCredit: AP:Associated Press
It didn't take long for VAR to overturn the shocking error – fitting for such a terrible game so low on quality – and give Arsenal their goal.
But Manchester United players continued their complaints with the referee, as several players slowed down and reacted slowly after the flag was raised.
Ashley Young especially seemed to hold his run, jogging with his hand in the air rather than rushing to close Aubameyang down.
Arsenal and Chelsea legend Cesc Fabregas was one man to weigh in on the decision, questioning how the lino got that decision so wrong.
The World Cup winner wrote on Twitter: "How can he see an offside right in front of his eyes without anyone in front of him."
Former Liverpool and England striker Michael Owen added: "That's why we have VAR. Imagine if that had been given offside.
How can he see an offside right in front of his eyes without anyone in front of him? 🙈🤦🏻♂️
— Cesc Fàbregas Soler (@cesc4official) September 30, 2019
That’s why we have VAR. Imagine if that had been given offside. He was miles on – right in front of the linesman.
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) September 30, 2019
the biggest mistake on that Aubameyang goal was the assistant referee putting his flag up on a marginal offside decision. AR’s have been instructed to keep flag down if not 100% sure. VAR does it’s job- good goal.
— Stu Holden (@stuholden) September 30, 2019
Hahaha how has that official given that offside? How’s that man passed any of his exams? Absolute shambles
— JB™️ (@gunnerpunner) September 30, 2019
Worst offside call in history?! Slab head – who is not small – was literally in line with the assistant 😂. Thank goodness for VAR
— Adrian Clarke (@adrianjclarke) September 30, 2019
That linesman should never be allowed to officiate in the #PL again. Disgraceful decision to flag that as offside, right in front of him. #MUNARS
— Gunners.com (@Gunnersc0m) September 30, 2019
A typically beautiful finish from Aubameyang.
I have no idea what compelled the linesman to try to flag that one offside. A shocking decision. Thank God for VAR.
— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) September 30, 2019
Yo…. that’s the offside line #MUNARS pic.twitter.com/OH2eBzaj3k
— osundare (@IamEnriCay) September 30, 2019
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"He was miles on – right in front of the linesman."
Despite the goal being given, Arsenal fans were fuming.
One said that the decision was an "absolute shambles", while others called for the lino never to officiate another Premier League game.