Pundits give verdict on Harry Maguire’s tackle on Blues striker Michy Batshuayi

Pundits Roy Keane and Jamie Carragher have both asserted that Manchester United captain Harry Maguire was lucky not to be shown a red card for his nasty tackle on Blues striker Michy Batshuayi in our game against Chelsea.

Referee Anthony Taylor failed to punish the offence but referred the decision to VAR which ruled out any charge for Maguire.

Reacting to the decision, Keane said: “He’s a lucky, lucky boy.

“Maguire, maybe because it’s his personality, a calm lad, but he definitely kicks out.”

Jamie Carragher added: “Yeah, I think it’s a red card. The referee can’t see it, that’s got to go to VAR.

“It’s the inconsistency that frustrates people. It’s not gonna go away, different people using it. But Harry Maguire’s a lucky boy.”

United benefited from VAR’s ruling and took the lead shortly before half-time when Anthony Martial headed home Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s pinpoint cross.

More VAR frustrations came for Chelsea as they thought they had equalized when Kurt Zouma powered home a Mason Mount corner 10 minutes after the interval but VAR spotted Cesar Azpilicueta’s push on Brandon Williams and ruled out the goal.

Chelsea’s misery was compounded when Maguire powered home a header following a superb Bruno Fernandes corner shortly afterwards, before VAR again came to our rescue, ruling out Olivier Giroud’s header for offside.