'No fun in football anymore' - Sheffield United fans are fuming over Manchester City goal ... and with good cause

It was always going to be tough anyway for Sheffield United at Manchester City but the match officials haven’t helped.

Wednesday, 1st January 2020, 12:52 pm
Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder (right) speaks with referee Chris Kavanagh after the final whistle during the Premier League match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester. PA Photo.

The Blades had yet another goal ruled out by VAR in the first half when Lys Mousset was adjudged to have been very narrowly offside as he raced through to score.

United are well used to that now.

However, there was yet more controversy in the second half when the home side took the lead at the Etihad.

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Referee Chris Kavanagh clearly got in the way of John Flack as he attempted to pick up a pass from Oliver Norwood. Play carried on and Sergio Aguero put City in front, much to the dismay of everyone of a red and white hue.

A law stipulated at the beginning of this season said that should the ball hit the referee then a drop ball should be awarded. It did not hit the referee but he did get in the way.

Blades fans – and our writer James Shield – are not happy.

James said: “John Fleck is blocked off trying to receive Oliver Norwood's pass - is bodychecked by referee Chris Kavanagh - Aguero scores. Shambles.”

@harrydixon9 posted: “No words, how can you have something so clearly wrong games well and truly gone.”

@LitanahArmy said: “What an absolute joke. How can anyone enjoy this ridiculous game when the VAR decisions are so one.”

@JimmyBrods added: “Literally an assist from the referee and VAR does nothing. **** this stupid system. Every week it does us dirty. Ruined the game.”

@flyingmonkeyuk said: “Isn't that what VAR is for? The ref blocked Fleck off. It's a complete joke.”

@GREGHampson wrote: “Theres 0 fun in football anymore. Why the **** would we want to spend more money a year when **** like this keeps happening. Not just to my team. It's all teams. It's dead. The premier league is dead.”

@DavidMckenzie89: “Mousset's toenail offside, goal disallowed. Referee body checks Fleck to materially effect the game leading to City scoring, goal stands. What a shambles.”

City went on to win the game 2-0 with Kevin De Bruyne scoring the second.