Manchester United attacker Marcus Rashford has this evening been slated online for an act of simulation during his side’s victory over West Brom.
The two sides went head to head at the Hawthorns earlier today, with United coming into proceedings on the back of a surprisingly hard-fought 1-0 win over Bournemouth at Old Trafford during the week.
With Manchester City having dispatched of Tottenham so impressively last night, though, the pressure was on Jose Mourinho’s men to pick up all 3 points this afternoon, in an attempt to keep an even-remotely respectable gap between themselves and their fierce rivals atop the Premier League table.
West Brom, meanwhile, had incredibly not managed a league victory since the 2nd day of the campaign, with Alan Pardew having been brought at the end of last month in in a bid to improve their fortunes.
A 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace was since followed by a hugely disappointing loss to Swansea City, though they did earn major plaudits for their performance last time out, a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Liverpool at Anfield.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 17, 2017
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) December 17, 2017
Romelu Lukaku continued his recent resurgence with the opener this afternoon, brilliantly nodding home Marcus Rashford’s whipped cross after 27 minutes to give the visitors the lead.
And it was soon 2-0, as Jesse Lingard’s deflected strike 8 minutes later looked to have put the game to bed as a contest.
However, the hosts rallied in the 2nd-half, with Gareth Barry’s scrappy finish following a Baggies corner breathing life into the Hawthorns for a hectic finish.
The Red Devils held on for all 3 points in the end, though, keeping the gap between the Premier League’s top two at 11 points.
Aside from the 3 goals, there were several flashpoints on show over the course of the 90 minutes this afternoon, with a strong penalty shout turned down for the hosts, Gareth Barry seemingly stamping on David De Gea’s heel, and a moment of embarrassing simulation from Marcus Rashford.
The latter of these moments has since resulted in widespread condemnation from both supporters of United and other clubs, after gifted English youngster Rashford threw himself to ground under absolutely minimal contact with the arm of Baggies stopper Ahmed Hegazi.
Hegazi extended his arm to hold Rashford off as the pair tussled for the ball, with a slight connection made with the latter’s chin.
Rashford, though, went to ground as if he had been clattered by Hegazi, before chasing after the Egyptian and eventually picking up a yellow card for his troubles.
Viewers were certainly not impressed, with some of the best social media roundup below:
Rashford should get a 2 game ban for that dive! Or do those rules only apply to Everton?
— Anthony Bailey (@BeggersBailey) December 17, 2017
Like seriously Rashford… why? You dive, then run after the guy who did nothing to you, and then get yourself booked. Ffs what’s this attitude all about?!
— Perth Man United (@PerthMUSC) December 17, 2017
Rashford dives holding his face then has a go at the guy who never touched his face. English players are a joke. They dive more than anyone else #WBAMUN
— Tom 🌐 (@Batchzor) December 17, 2017
Yeah good dive Rashford you prick
— Drew Warner (@pompeywarnerr) December 17, 2017
Here’s hoping rashford’s fractured and smashed jaw has healed after her tried to get hegazi sent off
— Keith Robinson (@GoRobokp) December 17, 2017
#WBAMUN Embarrassing from Rashford trying to get Hegazi into trouble. Can’t take a little bump to the chin which was completely innocuous. Hegazi doesn’t look like someone you want to upset. He’d make mincemeat out of Rashford.
— Ian Reed (@kentreedy) December 17, 2017
That reaction from Rashford towards Hegazi was embarrassing. Defender’s eye on the ball, the tiniest of flailing arms from simple running motion. Fuck off, you soft cunt #WBAMUN
— Michael (@miguelinho2910) December 17, 2017
rashford if you’re gonna dive at least hold the side of your face there was actually contact
— leah ⚡ (@buchananbarness) December 17, 2017
Rashford loves a little dive lmao
— Jamie Paul (@JamiePaul587) December 17, 2017
Stupid from Rashford there. Winning comfortably and Hegazi barely brushed him with his arm. Don’t need any stupid suspensions with fixture congestion over next couple of weeks
— TacheyDelBosque (@TacheyDelBosque) December 17, 2017
That little incident is completely the fault of Rashford. He dives, then goes to confront Hegazi about it. Jog on mate.
— Kieran Jones (@KieranJones02) December 17, 2017