Former referee Dermot Gallagher reveals how Manchester United were denied a clear goal

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Former Premier League referee, Dermot Gallagher, has insisted Harry Maguire’s goal against Burnley shouldn’t have been cancelled.

Maguire thought he’d given us the lead earlier in the game, as he found the net with an instinctive effort, only for the goal to be chalked off by the referee, Kevin Friend.

However, Gallagher believes Friend was wrong with his call, and a different referee would have allowed it to stand.

He said in reaction to the decision recently, “I think another day, another ref, that would be a goal. If you’re chalking this off, how many of Alan Shearer’s goals are you chalking off?

“I thought it was good strength. For me, it’s a goal. If I was refereeing that, I wouldn’t have given a foul. Would you give a penalty if the defender made that challenge on a forward? The answer is no.”

United still stayed strong to win at Burnley, despite the decision, and more importantly, Maguire remained mentally alert and didn’t allow his mentality to change after the disappointment. So as bad as the decision was, it was irrelevant in the end.

Manchester United have since turned their focus to the top of the table clash against Liverpool at Annfield on Sunday.