Manchester United were comfortable winners against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup tonight, finishing the game with a deserved 3-0 victory.
There was some controversy surrounding United’s second goal though. Juan Mata scored a lovely freekick, with Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera and Anthony Martial blocking the view of the goalkeeper, from an offside position.
The BT punditry team were unanimous in claiming that the goal shouldn’t have stood, while Louis van Gaal argued to the contrary, claiming they had learnt the tactic from Midtjylland, with Portuguese referee Artur Dias Soares claiming it is within the laws of the game.
We have learnt because we have analysed Midtjylland. We have seen that they are doing that and we thought that it was offside. So we have asked the referees, from that game, the Portuguese referees, and they said ‘no, it’s not offside, you can do that.’ So that’s why we have learnt from Midtjylland and today we have scored, so that’s good.