United’s players angrily surrounded the referee but, in truth, they could have no complaints.
“Nunca he visto nada como eso,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta told broadcaster Amazon Prime Video after the match. “But that is the decision from the referee and VAR checked it — and it was a goal.”
United midfielder Bruno Fernandes said he believed the ball should have been put out of play when it was apparent De Gea was injured, as is often the case in football matches.
“Normalmente, when the keeper goes down, we should stop the game,” the Portuguese midfielder said. “But mistakes happen. Players make mistakes.
“I don’t know if it was a mistake from the referee. If it is, that can happen.”
United bounced back well from the incident and equalized through Fernandes just before half time following a period of sustained pressure on Arsenal’s defense.
Cristiano Ronaldo then gave United the lead after
52 minutos, sweeping home to finish a crisp United move
But Arsenal was level just two minutes later as Martin Odegaard stroked the ball into the far corner after being found by Gabriel Martinelli.
sin embargo, the Norwegian midfielder would go from hero to zero as his inexplicable challenge on Fred in the area gifted United a penalty, which Ronaldo duly dispatched 20 minutes from time to give Carrick the perfect sendoff.