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Mark Halsey says Billy Sharp's challenge on De Gea was fine, but so was Maguire's on Ramsdale

Former Premier League referee, Mark Halsey, feels both Kean Bryan’s and Anthony Martial’s goals should have stood last night.

The Blades took the lead through Bryan’s header in the first-half. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer thought Billy Sharp fouled David De Gea in the process.

Down at the other end, Martial tucked in when Aaron Ramsdale dropped on after being challenged by Harry Maguire. On that challenge, Solskjaer (unsurprisingly) said it was a fair clash.

But Halsey, taking to his Twitter account earlier today, believed both goals were fine and that the referees may have got one wrong with the Martial effort.

Halsey’s assessment came in response to a reply to Sky Sports’ tweet about the goal. They questioned whether it should have stood, something which experienced striker Charlie Austin had his say on. Austin backed Sharp, saying the striker simply made a ‘nuisance’ of himself.

Halsey is spot on here, Ramsdale did get away with one

If ever a goalkeeper needed a bit of luck, it was Aaron Ramsdale. He has had so much criticism, some of it deserved, but last night he came out fighting.

His handling was good barring that one incident and he looked more confident as the game went on. He played well as a ‘sweeper-keeper’, too, coming off his line more than once.

Halsey’s assessment is bang on here. Maguire can probably count himself unlucky but the Blades needed, and probably deserved, a bit of luck.

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