Manchester, Oct 1 (AP/UNB) — A video review tinged with controversy plunged Manchester United to its worst seven-game start to a league season in 30 years.
The assistant referee's flag was already raised for offside when Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang chipped a deft finish past United goalkeeper David De Gea in the 58th minute of a frenetic and error-strewn Premier League game between the two old rivals on Monday.
When the goal was reviewed by VAR, the replay showed Aubameyang was clearly being played onside by United defender Harry Maguire, directly in front of the assistant referee. The decision was overturned and Arsenal had its equalizer in 1-1 draw at Old Trafford.
United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer complained to the fourth official in the technical area, saying the referee had already blown his whistle before Aubameyang took his shot. De Gea said after the match that he had been distracted by the on-field call.
"Of course," the goalkeeper said. "It's easier if the linesman keeps the flag down."
The complaints cannot change the fact that United, the most prestigious team in England, is languishing in 10th place and has fewer points — nine — after seven games than in any season since 1989. It has not scored more than one goal in any of its last seven matches in all competitions.
"This is Manchester United, so we have to win these games," De Gea said. "The lads have to react and play better than they are doing."
If only United had a striker as clinical as Aubameyang, who became the first Arsenal player to score seven goals in the first seven games of a Premier League campaign since Dennis Bergkamp in the 1997-98 season.
His only real chance of the game came out of nothing, with United defender Axel Tuanzebe giving the ball away with a misplaced pass in front of his own area. Bukayo Saka played a first-time pass forward to Aubameyang, who cut inside and applied the finish.
"I was sure I was not offside. I was surprised the referee whistled," Aubameyang said. "I always try to score even if there is a whistle from the referee."
It canceled out United's opening goal by Scott McTominay in first-half stoppage time, the midfielder's shot from the edge of the area taking a slight deflection off the shoulder of Arsenal defender Sokratis and flying into the roof of the net.
United finished the stronger, with Paul Pogba curling a shot just wide and McTominay heading over from a corner when unmarked in front of goal.
Still, it was yet more disappointment for Solskjaer, who has won just four of 15 league games since being hired on a full-time basis in March.
"We need to be more cynical, clinical, at both ends of the pitch. We'll learn," Solskjaer said. "I thought today we are going somewhere."
Traditionally one of the biggest matches in English soccer, this Man United-Arsenal fixture pitted the teams in 11th and eighth places, respectively, at kickoff. Indeed, United had never been as low down the standings heading into a match against Arsenal in the history of the Premier League.
The poor quality on show highlighted how far the teams had fallen, with a slippery surface on a wet night in Manchester hardly helping.
"Thoughts on the game so far without using a bad word?" former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas tweeted during the first half. "Try to be creative."
Even United's goal in first-half stoppage time had a touch of the farcical about it, with Granit Xhaka — Arsenal's recently confirmed full-time captain — ducking his head as McTominay took aim and the ball flying past him and high into the net.
It meant the game opened up in the second half, with Arsenal committing more players forward and showing more intensity with their pressing.
Still, that can hardly excuse Tuanzebe, filling in out of position at left back in his first league start for United since May 2017, for his misplaced pass that led to Aubameyang's equalizer.
It was enough to lift Arsenal into fourth place, above West Ham on goal difference.
"I want more," Arsenal manager Unai Emery said. "More in the result and in the performance, but we are progressing."
Dhaka, Sept 30 (UNB)- The Bangladesh national team wants a boost in confidence by beating Bhutan a second time in 2 FIFA International Friendlies, ahead of their Joint Qualification for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 against Qatar and India in October.
Head Coach of Bangladesh National Football team Jamie Day said this to the newsmen after a training session on Monday at BFF artificial turf in Motijheel on Monday.
Bangladesh competed a superb win against higher-ranked Bhutan beating them 4-1 in the first friendly here on Sunday, and will play their remaining match against the Himalayan nation on Thursday (Oct 3) at the Bangabandhu National Stadium here.
“Players always enjoy a win. So, Bangladesh’s confidence will get a boost if they are able to beat Bhutan in both the matches, ahead of their Qatar and India matches,” Jamie said.
“We have done well yesterday (Sunday) against Bhutan and are now preparing for the next match. I have earlier said that we want to win both matches against them (Bhutan), because we want to complete our preparations with a positive note,” Bangladesh head coach added.
Bangladesh booters are preparing for the next ties in their Joint Qualification for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 against Qatar in their home match on October 10 at Bangabandhu National Stadium and their away match with India on October 15 at Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.
Asked about the preparations for the Qatar and India games, Jamie replied, “We played with confidence yesterday, we have scored the goals. These are positive sides. But, we will not get many chances against teams like Qatar and India. We will get one or two chances and we have to utilize it.”
Replying to query about their plans and tactics for Qatar and India, Jamie Day said, “The plan will be different against them. We will try to score goal without conceding any, but we will follow the same attacking tactics against them like the match against Bhutan.”
Bangladesh, who put Group E of the AFC Cup with Qatar, Oman, neighboring India and Afghanistan, started their campaign with a 0-1 goal defeat against Afghanistan in their first match at the Central Republican Stadium in the Tajik capital Dushanbe on September 10.
In the remaining group matches, Bangladesh will play Oman on November 14 in Oman, Afghanistan on 26 March 2020 in Bangladesh, Qatar on March 31 in Qatar, India on June 4 in Bangladesh and Oman on June 9 in Bangladesh.
Dhaka, Sept 30 (UNB) – Bangladesh Under-18 Football team, which finished runners-up in the five-team SAFF U-18 Championship 2019 in Nepal, return home on Monday afternoon.
In the SAFF U-18 Championship, Bangladesh finished runners-up for the 2nd times in a row after conceding a 1-2 goals defeat against India in a keenly contested final at APF Stadium in Kathmandu on Sunday.
Earlier, Bangladesh were eliminated from the semifinal of the SAFF U-18 Championship in 2015 after conceding a 3-4 goals defeat against India in the penalty shootout in Nepal, but two years later Bangladesh crushed them by 4-3 goals in the group match of SAFF U-18 Championship 2017 in Bhutan.
Sherpur, Sept 30 (UNB) – Sherpur District team reached the final of the Mymensingh Division of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup (U-17) Football Tournament eliminating Netrokona District team by 2-1 goals at the Rofiquddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh on Monday.
Earlier, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid MP inaugurated the Mymensingh Divisional phase of the Bangabandhu and Bangamata Gold Cup Football Tournaments.
In the day’s keenly contested match, Tajuddin put Sherpur ahead in the 22nd minute by a spectacular shot outside from the danger zone (1-0) while Towfiq restored the parity for Netrokona in the 43rd minute (1-1).
Striker Rabbi scored the match-winning goal for Sherpur in the 60th minute of the match (2-1).
Dhaka, Sept 30 (UNB) - PWD SC beat Dhaka Wanderers Club by 1-0 goal in their match of TVS Senior Division Football League at Kamalapur Stadium here on Monday.
Md Khokhon Hossain scored the match-winner in the 14th minute.
In day’s other match, Bangladesh Boys Club beat Bashabo Tarun Sangha by 3-0 goals at the same venue.
Md Masum scored twice in the 9th and 55th minutes respectively while Sabuj Roy sealed the fate scoring third goal in the 71st minute.