Manchester United frontman Edinson Cavani scored a goal-of-the-season contender early on during Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Fulham, but many were convinced the long-range missile shouldn’t have stood.
The Uruguay striker was clearly offside when David De Gea launched the ball from inside his own box but was back in a legal position by the time the ball moved past Bruno Fernandes in midfield.
Cavani proceeded to lob Cottagers goalkeeper Alphonse Areola from 40 yards, and the Premier League’s video assistant referee has offered an explanation of why the goal was allowed.
Sky Sports' Kelly Cates addressed the matter at half-time and detailed: “The VAR says that he didn't conclusively see that he didn't touch the ball and therefore that's not enough to overrule the on-field decision.”
The strike sent the South American into double-digit goals in his maiden Premier League season, all but guaranteeing Europa League finalists United second place behind champions Manchester City.
Joe Bryan equalised in the 76th minute to salvage a share of the spoils for Scott Parker's relegated Fulham.
Cavani has four goals and one assist in his last seven appearances under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, precisely the kind of form that’s earned him a one-year contract extension at Old Trafford.
Tuesday’s matchup against Fulham was United’s first with a limited number of supporters back in attendance at Old Trafford, and Cavani welcomed the club’s followers back in style.
Fans protested against the Glazer family’s ownership of the club prior to kick-off in their continued efforts to see United’s current proprietors sell their stake.
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