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Man City fume as VAR ‘joke’ fuels Man Utd win

Man City fume as VAR ‘joke’ fuels Man Utd win

Manchester United fought back for a dramatic 2-1 win against Manchester City that left their arch rivals fuming over a controversial VAR decision to allow Bruno Fernandes' equaliser, while troubled Liverpool crashed to a shock 3-0 defeat at Brighton on Saturday.

Fernandes' goal was the turning point and City boss Pep Guardiola and his players were seething after the flag went up for offside when Rashford ran on to Casemiro's pass.

Rashford did not touch the ball and was deemed by VAR not to have interfered with play, but City were adamant the England forward clearly distracted the defenders and goalkeeper Ederson.

"The first goal is a joke that it can be allowed," City defender Manuel Akanji told BBC Sport.