Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has become the latest to weigh in on the controversial incident in yesterday’s game between Manchester United and Southampton.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side made the trip to St. Mary’s but failed to overcome Ralph Hasenhuttll’s side and were made to leave the south coast with just a single point.
Southampton took the leads in the first half through a deflected strike from Che Adams but there were suggestions of a foul on Bruno Fernandes in the build-up, something Rodgers has doubled down on ahead of his team facing West Ham.
🗣"I think it was a foul."
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers thinks Bruno Fernandes was fouled in the build up to Southampton's opening goal against Manchester United. pic.twitter.com/Xkrw9RL0JD
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) August 23, 2021
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“I do think the one yesterday was a foul, in the Manchester United game,” he said, as seen above. “That’s where you’ve got to distinguish between being strong and aggressive.
“Fernandes has got his ball between the ball and the man, and the man knocks him over. That’s a foul, so it’s the understanding for referees as well.”
The incident has sparked quite the debate among managers and players, with Mason Greenwood, who scored yesterday, also suggesting that the goal should have been disallowed.
With full crowds back in attendance for the first time since March 2020, there seems to have been an added leniency in terms of tackles this season, which is ultimately a positive development.