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Manchester United scores a weird goal

Updated on November 10, 2010

Did you see Manchester United vs Tottemham Hotspurs on October 30, 2010? If your a Hotspurs fan you must be angry and disgusted from a goal scored from Nani. If your a Manchester United fan you must be happy that United won the match but happy that United is still unbeaten and still at the top three of the English league. However, the strange goal score by Nani is the center of attention right now and it is being reviewed.

Having opened the score in the 31st minute with a goal from captain Nemanja Vidic, Manchester United seemed to be a weaker side being overpowered by a much younger Spurs team in the first half. Spurs Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Rafael Van De Vaart were running the team. The three players were making plays with their endless runs they were trying to tie the match but the Manchester United defense held on. Van De Vaart would almost tie the game by hitting the cross bar as United keeper looked well beaten.

In the second half, the Spurs still looked determined to score to tie the game by the more experience Manchester United defense, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, were doing a pretty good job at the back. However, having substituted strikers Javier Hernandez and Dimitar Berbatov, Nani would move up front to play as a free role striker. Nani did very well taking on the Totttemham defense and in the 85th minute, disaster struck the Spurs team.

A counter attack run by Wes Brown, on the right flank, sees Nani make a quick run into the penalty box being covered by two Spurs defenders. Videos shows that Spurs defenders would have contact, a push, with the Manchester United player during the play that cause Nani to fall on the ground. While being pushed, Nani seems to have handled the ball with his hands thinking he would win a penalty. But the referee, did not whistle for a penalty and allowed to play on. Spurs goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes thought that it was a foul for Nani has handled the ball with his hands and thought that the referee had whistle for a foul for Spurs. Gomes would take the ball with his hands, and instead of throwing it to one of his players, Gomes would place the ball five yards from where Nani was brought down and took steps back for a long kick.

With no whistle being whistled for a penalty nor a hand ball, Nani gets up in front of the ball, looks at the referee and kicks the ball into the back of the net. Spurs players were furious at that moment when the referee allowed the goal to be allowed. In fact, the linesman had raised his flag for a disallowed goal but the referee talked to his linesman and told him that it was a goal. Spurs players were stunned that the referee had allowed the goal to stand. They were complaining to the referee and the linesman. Even after the match had ended, Spurs players were still complaining and were still furious by the goal being allowed.

Was it luck that a goal like that would be allowed? Or was it that the referees just favor Manchester United to win against Tottenham in Old Tradfford?

Another incident that had happened way back in 2005 between United and Hotspurs. It was a disallowed goal by Pedro Mendes that would have been a great goal but the referee and the linesman did not see a goal and allowed Roy Carrol to save it while the ball had pass the line. Video replays shows that ball had crossed the line and clearly it would have been a goal but it was not to be. I guess they are just lucky. 

If you see the incident the Nani goal does stand, when there is no whistle by the referee then it stands. Poor goalkeeper Gomes did not know whether the referee whistle for a handball, that was his error and poor judgement. As a result, Nani scores a goal bringing the score to 2-0 to Manchester United win.   


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      Lloyd Moran 6 years ago

      Must say Javier is the Best

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      van de vaart 7 years ago

      I must admit that was a ridiculous goal,

      but im over it now. There is a really really weird goal and actually quite funny one that van de vaart scored a while back it is way weirder than this one check it out on and click on the video van de vaart blackout it is really a weird goal and quite embarassing for him. Anyway even though i am a tottenham fan i think that utds unbeaten run is going quite well and if we could lose to any team id rather it be to the best. Plus we still have van de vaart

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      Donnacha C 7 years ago from Ennis, Co Clare, Republic of Ireland

      it was an absolute disgrace! I don`t know who to hate more the ref or Nani.....a sad day for football