Martin Atkinson

Martin Atkinson accused of a Liverpool bias vs Man United by Duncan Castles

Liverpool beat Man United 3-1

Liverpool were thoroughly deserving of their win over Manchester United on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side were the far better team at Anfield in the 3-1 victory.

Sadio Mane got the Reds off to a flyer in the first half, while Xherdan Shaqiri came off the bench to score two crucial second half goals.

Jesse Lingard scored Man United’s goal in the first half.

Duncan Castles on Liverpool vs Manchester United

Journalist Duncan Castles is often labelled as a mouthpiece for Jose Mourinho in the media.

Indeed, Castles is often lambasted on social media for his pro-Man United and Mourinho commentary.

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During Sunday’s match at Anfield, Castles made a few points suggesting that referee Martin Atkinson was favouring Liverpool.

In the 26th minute, Diogo Dalot was booked after Andy Robertson went down in a foot-race.

Diogo Dalot booked vs Liverpool

Yet later in the half a similar coming together happened with Roberto Firmino and Marcus Rashford.

Arguably Firmino’s foul on Rashford was more aggressive and obvious.

Roberto Firmino takes out Marcus Rashford

Yet on this occasion the Liverpool forward wasn’t booked.

How did Martin Atkinson differentiate this two decisions?

At the start of the second half, two more incidents were flagged up by Duncan Castles.

In the 48th minute, Sadio Mane got away with a late tackle on Ashley Young on the left touchline.

Castles noted that Mane “dive(d) in studs up”.

Sadio Mane vs Ashley Young

Three minutes later, Ander Herrera took out Mohamed Salah with a similarly late foul.

This time the ref blew up, as Liverpool won a free-kick just outside the Man United box.

Ander Herrera vs Mohamed Salah

Once again, Castles intimated that referee Martin Atkinson wasn’t consistent in his decision making.

And then came a directly tweet suggesting that Martin Atkinson was acting in Liverpool’s favour.

Also see: Gary Neville couldn’t believe Man United’s tactics vs Liverpool’s Andy Robertson.

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