Richard Keys insists Harry Maguire ‘shouldn’t have been on the pitch’ to score for Man United in their 2-1 defeat to Fulham… after Red Devils defender avoided a red card for clumsy tackle on Sasa Lukic

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  • He went on to equalise for Red Devils before Alex Iwobi’s late winner for Fulham 
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Richard Keys has insisted Harry Maguire should not have been on the pitch to score Manchester United’s equaliser against Fulham. 

The Red Devils were dealt a surprise 2-1 defeat to Marco Silva’s side, despite the England centre-back getting United level with just a few minutes remaining. 

Maguire got Erik ten Hag’s side level with one minute remaining of normal time via a close-range finish after Calvin Bassey had put the visitors level. 

But United went on to lose through Alex Iwobi’s late strike for the Cottagers, and Keys believes Maguire should have seen red earlier in the match for a nasty foul on Sasa Lukic. 

Following the defender’s equaliser at Old Trafford, Keys wrote on X: ‘Inevitably Maguire equalises. He shouldn’t even be on the pitch. I’m sure Silva will make that very point.’

Harry Maguire put Manchester United level against Fulham with a late close-range finish 

However, beIN Sport presenter Richard Keys believes the defender should have saw red

However, beIN Sport presenter Richard Keys believes the defender should have saw red 

The beIN Sport presenter had earlier said: ‘Harry Maguire is a very lucky boy. As clear a red as you’ll see all weekend and he was only booked by Michael Oliver.’

‘VAR is a waste of time when Oliver refs. No-one will contradict him.’

Maguire clambered into Lukic’s ankle in the first half, though the foul was deemed a yellow card offence by referee Michael Oliver. 

It comes just days after Keys vocalised his views on VAR operators being ‘scared’ of Michael Oliver. 

He claimed that VAR operators are scared of Michael Oliver and simply rubberstamp the official’s decisions because they are ‘scared’.

Oliver was embroiled in controversy during Liverpool’s 4-1 victory against Brentford, having waved away penalty appeals from Ivan Toney after he received a shove in the back from Andy Robertson inside the box.

Maguire lunged in on Fulham's Sasa Lukic's ankle, but walked away with just a yellow

Maguire lunged in on Fulham’s Sasa Lukic’s ankle, but walked away with just a yellow

Alex Iwobi score deep into stoppage-time to hand Marco Silva's men all three points

Alex Iwobi score deep into stoppage-time to hand Marco Silva’s men all three points

The experienced referee waved play on and his decision stood after a VAR check.

‘What has happened to VAR? David Coote [VAR official] went missing because he knows that Oliver is never going to accept someone he regards as inferior sending him to a monitor.

‘Operators are scared of Oliver so they back off.’  

‘We know this because Mike Dean admitted as much early in the season. Refs help their mates out and duck controversy.’