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PGMOL Reveal Why Edinson Cavani's Goal for Manchester United Was Disallowed in Tottenham Win

Edinson Cavani had a goal disallowed in United's 3-1 win over Tottenham
Edinson Cavani had a goal disallowed in United's 3-1 win over Tottenham / Marc Atkins/Getty Images

The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) have issued a statement explaining why Edinson Cavani's opening goal was ruled out in Manchester United's 3-1 win over Tottenham on Sunday.

Cavani looked to have given the visitors the lead in the first half, but after consulting VAR and the pitchside monitor, referee Chris Kavanagh ruled the goal out for a foul by Scott McTominay on Heung-min Son in the build-up.

McTominay caught Son in the face, and while replays appeared to show the contact was purely accidental and minimal, Kavanagh ruled the goal out. Sky Sports presenter David Jones read out a statement from PGMOL at half-time, in which they said: "It wasn't part of McTominay's natural running movement and was careless."

But the explanation did not go down well with United legend Roy Keane who was in the studios for the game. He said: "I'm amazed really. If that's a foul, we should all go home. It's bizarre, it's embarrassing. That cant be a foul. Clearly he's got this wrong."

The decision undoubtedly sparked controversy in a season that has already seen VAR come under the scanner for a number of a decisions. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was furious after the game and was involved in a heated exchange of words with Jose Mourinho. Solskjaer claimed that the South Korean star "over-reacted" and "conned" his team out of a goal.

"The game has absolutely gone – it was a perfectly good goal,' said the United boss. We shouldn't be conned. I have to say, if my son stays down for three minutes and he needs his 10 mates to help him up, he won't get any food. We weren't conned, the referee was."

Mourinho did not take kindly to Solskjaer's comments, and hit back saying: "I told Ole this already because I met him a few minutes ago. If it's me that players a, b or c from another club, if it was my son I wouldn't give him dinner tonight or something like that, what would be the reaction? "In relation to that I just want to say Sonny is very lucky that his father is a better person than Ole."