A dramatic extra penalty awarded after the referee scored a 3-2 full-time Manchester United win at Brighton & Hove Albion.
In one of the craziest finals in the history of the Premier League, Bruno Fernandes scored the winning goal in the 100th minute, which was awarded by VAR check for Neal Maupay’s handball from a corner after referee Chris Kavanagh had already given his full-time whistle.
Bedlam got United captain Harry Maguire to argue that his header hit Maupay’s hand and when replays clearly showed an infringement, Kavanagh pointed on the spot.
It was a cruel turn for Brighton, who refused to allow two goals, hit the wood five times and dominated the first half. He took the lead in the 40th minute with a Maupay penalty before Lewis Dunk equalized with his own goal at break.
Marcus Rashford, who had previously scored an offside goal, gave United the lead in the 55th minute, only to give Brighton the equalizer they deserved when Solly March went home in added time.
Scoring a penalty in the 100th minute after the final whistle has already passed to win a game they deserve to lose is most of what has ever happened to Man Utd in Man Utd history.
– Transfer messages (@TransferChecker) September 26, 2020
I know Man Utd get a lot of penalties, but getting one after the final whistle is a new one.
– Paddy Power (@paddypower) September 26, 2020
Brighton manager Graham Potter was furious about the extra time and said the March equalization should have been the final kick of the game.
He told BT Sport: “I thought we scored with the last kick of the game so I don’t know where extra time came from.
“You have to ask the referees how much time they add.
“We are bitterly disappointed to have to admit the way we did and it is a cruel blow to us after imagining a fantastic performance.”
Potter also expressed disappointment that VAR had overturned a sentence imposed by Kavanagh after Paul Pogba appeared to clumsily overthrow Aaron Connolly.
He said, “From my location when I saw it live I thought he was the other side of him and there was contact, then it’s up to the referee and VAR to make their call.
“It’s not my job to comment on this, it is what it is. We are disappointed with it, but in football you sometimes get it and sometimes you don’t.”
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer summed up the mood when he admitted “we got away with one”.