Maguire and Fletcher got their wish in Man Utd clash with Liverpool

Darren Fletcher and Harry Maguire were granted a wish by the intervention of VAR during Manchester United’s defeat to Liverpool on Thursday.

Fletcher is currently technical director at the Red Devils, while England defender Maguire is the captain of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

They were both watching the Premier League clash from the stands, with Maguire currently sidelined with an ankle injury he sustained in last week’s visit to Aston Villa.

They would not have been happy with what they saw from Solskjaer’s men, with a brace from Roberto Firmino as well as goals from Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah handing the Reds a 4-2 win.

But they were granted one wish just before the half-hour mark of the clash when a corner was swung in from the left side of the box.

Brandon Williams blocked the initial shot, before the loose ball found its way to the edge of the penalty area.

United defender Eric Bailly attempted to put in a strong tackle for the ball, with Liverpool’s Nathaniel Phillips also attempting to win it.

The Ivorian appeared to win the ball first, but the force of the follow-through of his tackle sent Phillips tumbling to the ground.

Referee Anthony Taylor immediately pointed to the spot to award a penalty, with Maguire and Fletcher being seen to be infuriated by the decision and making their feelings known from their seats.

But Video Assistant Referee Paul Tierney opted to take a second look at the incident and called Taylor over to the pitch-side monitor.

After watching several replays of the tackle, Taylor reversed his decision and overturned the penalty.

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  • While Maguire and Fletcher’s wish to overturn the spot-kick was granted, the night only got worse from there for the Red Devils.

    Jota scored just seven minutes later to equalise for the Reds, before Firmino’s double and Salah’s late strike sealed the three points for Jurgen Klopp’s men.

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