Netease Sports reported on September 26:
The away game in Brighton 3-2 went through twists and turns. In the first half, Brighton scored first and then Brighton Dunk made an own goal. In the second half, Rashford scored.
The stoppage time of the game was 5 minutes. When March equalized for Brighton in the 95th minute, most people thought the game would end in a 2-2 draw. Probably because Brighton spent some time celebrating the goal, referee Cavanagh gave two more minutes of stoppage time. Manchester United won in the 97th minute.
After the final whistle sounded, the Manchester United players immediately surrounded Cavanagh with Maguire as the leader. The Manchester United players believed that Maguire's header hit the open arm of Brighton Mopai and deserved a penalty. From the playback point of view, the ball was indeed hitting Mopai's arm. Then Cavanagh said that he wanted to watch the VAR playback. After watching the VAR playback, Cavanagh awarded a penalty kick. B-Fernandez scored a penalty and Manchester United won the game 3-2.
There is no doubt that Mo Pai has a handball in the penalty area, but the problem is that the referee clearly blew the final whistle, and then watched VAR at the request of the Manchester United players and gave a penalty.
The penalty for Manchester United’s victory is relatively controversial, but it is reasonable according to FIFA rules.
Regarding this controversial penalty, Brighton coach Porter did not worry about whether a penalty should be awarded after the final whistle. He believed that Manchester United’s 97th minute corner should not exist. He said: "I think our goal was At the end of the game, I don’t know where the extra stoppage time came from. It was a cruel blow to us."
The original stoppage time was 5 minutes. Brighton's 2-2 equalizer goal was 94 minutes and 30 seconds. Brighton did not waste time after the equalizer. Normally, the referee can make up a little more time at his discretion or even no extra time, but after the 95th minute, Manchester United was given two more minutes, which is indeed a bit long.