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MAN U vs WAT: Why The Referee & VAR Had Sarr Retake A Penalty Against Man United

Manchester United returned to Premier League action with a trip to Vicarage Road Stadium to face Watford. The red devils have been in poor form and a win would certainly brighten the atmosphere at Old Trafford, but the early minutes of the game indicated that there would be additional difficulties for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer started Nemanja Matic and Scott Mctominay in midfield ahead of Donny Van De Been. The midfield selection was forced due to Paul Pogba's absence, but the move backfired as Mctominay started the game in poor form. 

With less than ten minutes remaining, Scott Mctominay conceded a penalty following a poor clearance by Bruno Fernandes. Fernandes attempted a clearance but instead sent the ball back to his goal and into the path of a Watford striker. Mctominay clumsily fouled the Watford striker in the box, the referee pointed to the spot and Sarr stepped up to take. 

The Watford attacker sent the ball down the right flank of De Gea, but the Spanish goalkeeper saved the penalty, but Kiko converted the rebound; a VAR check detected an infringement because Kiko was already in the box before Sarr kicked the ball; under normal circumstances, Sarr would not have been given another chance to retake the penalty, but VAR detected that two Manchester United players were inside the box before Sarr kicked the ball. 

The encroachment of the two Manchester United players prompted VAR and the referee to request a retake of the penalty, which David De Gea saved fortunately for Manchester United.

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