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Smith Rowe’s goal: Carrick and Arteta united in disbelief at “strange” events

A corner kick was taken and goalkeeper David de Gea fell to the ground after United midfielder Fred accidentally stood on his foot.

The ball was cleared to the edge of the box and Smith Rowe flew home with De Gea lying on the floor.

The goal was not initially awarded by referee Martin Atkinson, but VAR looked into the incident and advised him to give it up.

United players protested extensively at the time and Carrick, who was in charge of his last game as interim boss, suggested he would have had grievances had the goal been decisive.

“If that was the winning goal, it would be a whole different conversation,” he said.

“It means a lot less now, but it was very strange. I have never seen a goal where the goalkeeper is injured and the goal has come in and been given.

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“Maybe it was complicated, but I don’t know. I was just happy we won the game and it didn’t become a problem.

Like Carrick, Arteta admitted he found the opening goal odd, then said: “I’ve never seen anything like it. But that’s the referee’s decision and the VAR checked it out and it was a goal.


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