Luke Shaw should have been sent off for ‘dangerous and reckless’ challenge against Burnley, insists Jamie Redknapp, despite Kevin Friend opting for yellow after VAR looked at incident for over FOUR MINUTES
- Luke Shaw got a yellow card in the first half at Burnley for a strong challenge
- Kevin Friend initially let it go which led to Burnley almost getting a red card
- VAR looked at a challenge from Robbie Brady on United’s Edinson Cavani
- Friend was eventually told to take another look at Shaw’s sliding tackle
- Shaw received a yellow card but Redknapp insisted he should’ve got sent off
Jamie Redknapp insisted Luke Shaw should have been sent off for a ‘dangerous and reckless’ challenge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson in the first half of Manchester United’s game at Burnley.
Referee Kevin Friend initially allowed play to continue when Shaw flew into a 50-50 with Gudmundsson – despite incensed appeals from Burnley players – and the hosts almost got a red card themselves moments later when Robbie Brady brought Edinson Cavani down outside the box.
Brady was the last man in defence and mistimed his challenge to thwart a threatening attack from United, which prompted VAR to take a look at the possible red card after he was just given a caution.
VAR spent five minutes looking at two possible red cards, including Luke Shaw’s challenge
The Manchester United defender’s challenge was initially let go by referee Kevin Friend
Shaw was eventually booked but Jamie Redknapp believes his tackle merited a red card
However, attentions turned back to Shaw’s challenge with Friend being urged to take another look at it on the monitor.
After over five minutes of VAR looking at both incidents, Friend eventually rescinded Brady’s booking, brought play back and brandished a booking to Shaw.
But Redknapp believes the United defender’s tackle merited a red card.
Speaking at half-time the Sportsmail columnist told Sky Sports: ‘I think Luke Shaw will be a relieved man in the dressing room. In the current climate where the game is so sanitised, I think he gets a little bit of the ball but certainly goes over the top and catches him.
Friend was told to look at Shaw’s tackle on the monitor before he decided it was just a yellow
Robbie Brady was almost sent off moments after play continued from Shaw’s tackle for fouling Edinson Cavani – but VAR ruled it out and recommended Friend to look at Shaw’s again
‘For me that is reckless and dangerous. I think he is really lucky.
‘I think the other one (Brady) could have been a red card if you didn’t have to take the play back because Shaw’s was certainly a foul.’
Gary Neville agreed that England international Shaw would’ve been thankful to escape with just a yellow.
He added: ‘I think Luke Shaw’s lucky because he follows through and his studs catch him. I think that’s the best (yellow card) Luke could have hoped for.’
‘I think both managers can be happy that they didn’t get a player sent off there.’