‘I think he’s tried to do him’: Gary Neville left gobsmacked as VAR decides NOT to send off Oriol Romeu after challenge on Mason Greenwood… but Matt Le Tissier insists tackle was ‘accidental’
- Gary Neville was left stunned over a decision not to send off Oriol Romeu
- The Southampton man appeared to make a late challenge on Mason Greenwood
- However, VAR backed Chris Kavangh’s decision not to award a red card
- Neville viewed it as a ‘leg-breaker’ while Matt Le Tissier said it was ‘accidental’
The Spanish player caught United hotshot late in the latter stages of the first half, with the hosts leading Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side 2-1.
Saints defender Ryan Bertrand tracked the 18-year-old as he played a neat lay off to a team-mate, before Romeu bounded in with his studs up and connected with Greenwood’s shin.
Sky Sports pundits Gary Neville and Matt Le Tissier were divided over an Oriol Romeu tackle
The Southampton midfielder escaped a red card after a late challenge on Mason Greenwood
The Video Assistant Referee was consulted over the incident, but deemed that no clear and obvious mistake had been made by referee Chris Kavanagh in deciding not to send Romeu off.
However, Sky Sports pundit and United legend Gary Neville believes that the Southampton man should have been given an early exit.
‘I do not like that,’ he said on live commentary. ‘I think that’s a bad one. The ball’s gone, he’s tried to do him.
‘I think he’s lucky there, Romeu. The ball’s gone, they can be leg breakers those ones.’
The Manchester United teenager was left in a bundle after the late tackle in the first half
United icon Neville believed that the challenge was a ‘leg-breaker’ and worthy of a red card
However, Matt Le Tissier felt the challenge was ‘accidental’ and VAR made the right decision
Meanwhile, former Southampton star Le Tissier felt that Kavanagh made the correct decision in not punishing Romeu.
‘I disagree (with Gary Neville),’ he said. ‘I don’t think it was a red, it always looks bad in slow motion.
‘Romeu is actually slowing down as he gets to him, the force he goes into him is probably the thing that saves him because it does look bad on the slow motion.
‘I’m not sure this is a deliberate attempt and I don’t think the force is enough to warrant a red card. I think it was accidental had the been more force to it you would have said it would be similar to other red cards this season.’
United were looking to break into the top four with a win over Southampton on Monday night. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have been near faultless since the Premier League restart, and could leapfrog Chelsea and Leicester into third position.