It was an evening to forget for both Cristiano Ronaldo and Manchester United on Sunday as they were soundly beaten by Liverpool in the Premier league at Old Trafford. Having suffered a couple of defeats in their past seven games or so, going into the encounter and with performances on the pitch not encouraging, few would have predicted that United could suffer such an embarrassing defeat in front of their own fans.
However, after just 13minutes into the encounter, United were two goals down already and by the time the game will be approaching the end of the first period, Liverpool were already out of sight and the humiliation seems to get into the head of some United players including Ronaldo who angrily kicked out at Liverpool's Curtis Jones around the corner flag as the first half was drawing to a close. Although Ronaldo was only given a yellow card for his act but many people believed he should have been sent off. In their weekly Ref watch, Sky sports had a former PL referee who analyzed the incident and we'll be observing his assessment of the event in this article.
Over the years, games between Liverpool and Manchester United have always been laden with controversial moments and Sunday's game wasn't different. While United had Paul Pogba sent off, they will be grateful that their star Man, Cristiano Ronaldo escaped punishment for his unprofessional act. In their weekly Ref watch, Sky sports had former referee, Dermot Gallagher who reviewed some major talking points from weekend's actions and took his time to analyze Ronaldo's incident too.
In his words, Dermot was quoted saying, "Ronaldo was lucky the ball was there, that is what saved him from being shown a red card. What also helped was that he stopped when he did. It wasn't the wisest thing to do, there is force behind the kicks, but the fact that the ball was there has done him a great favour."
He further acknowledged that the decision to give Ronaldo a yellow card was still the best one, saying, "When you look at it in the end, the yellow card was the right decision. It's difficult to say if things would have been different had Jones rolled about on the floor but he didn't, he was very good and very professional."
From this analysis, one could say, while Ronaldo was wrong with what he did, the decision to give him a yellow card was still the best decision the referee could made at that point, as such, Anthony Taylor deserves to be praised for not being pressured to show him a Red card.
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