Gabby Agbonlahor has suggested Heung-min Son stayed down when he was caught by Scott McTominay on Sunday because he did not want to track back for Tottenham.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Aston Villa striker ripped into the winger for being “soft” and told him to “man up” after his antics led to Manchester United’s opening goal being disallowed.
McTominay caught Son when as he launched an attack that Edinson Cavani finished off towards the end of the first half.
❌ Cavani's disallowed goal! ❌
Son has Spurs in the lead at the break, but all the talk will be whether he was fouled in the build-up to Cavani's goal. Chris Kavanagh thinks so! 📺
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) April 11, 2021
Referee Chris Kavanagh reviewed the incident on the pitchside monitor and overturned his decision and awarded Spurs a free-kick.
“For me, the problem with football nowadays is that players can be very soft,” Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“In my day, I wouldn’t have even blinked at that. If it was a punch, then fair enough. It was just a little finger to the face, you play on.
“Football’s gone really soft now. Every little touch is a foul.
“I thought it was really strange how something like that so far away and so long before the goal means the goal can be chalked off. I think VAR is very painful now.
“Justice was done for Manchester United when they won the game. It should have never been chalked off.
“Son, I agree with certain comments, you can’t go down like that. He stayed down for a long time as well.
“It’s getting silly now. Players need to man up and be stronger. They’re acting. Son wasn’t hurt, he just stayed down because he didn’t want to track back and he knows VAR will look at it and give it as a foul.
“Football’s getting very different now and it’s going to come to a stage where you can’t even tackle.”