Legendary English referee Howard Webb has called referee Lee Mason’s decision to cancel Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s first half goal for Manchester United against Middlesbrough.
The imposing Swede had risen high to poke home a cross from Anthony Martial, but the goal had been ruled out by Mason for being dangerous play.
“It’s a crazy call,” Webb told BT Sport. “Zlatan is athletic, he gets his foot up, but he’s not within two meters of the goalkeeper Valdes and he pulls his foot down immediately. He is protecting the goalkeeper from any injury.”
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“Values comes into him in the end after the ball has been put past the goalkeeper. It’s just a goal, its a poor call to disallow it. In my opinion it’s not dangerous play and should have been a goal.”
Manchester United fans had feared the decision would haunt them when Boro took the lead in 67th minute, with Grant Leadbitter finishing past David De Gea against the run of play.
The French duo of Martial and Paul Pogba however scored 2 goals in 2 minutes as United won their fifth straight league win.