Ex-PL ref stunned what Maguire got away with as controversial Man United footage missed by BBC emerges
Keith Hackett was left “bemused” after Harry Maguire got away with a clear foul on John McGinn in Aston Villa’s win over Man United.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-FIFA and Premier League referee claimed Maguire was playing “rugby” when he brought McGinn down on the halfway line.
In the second half, McGinn took the ball past the Man United defender and looked to break with Ollie Watkins.
However, Maguire dragged him to the ground in front of Mike Dean only for calls for a foul to be waved away.
The incident was missed by the BBC’s Match of the Day programme.
“I was slightly bemused by this,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
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“Mike Dean’s never ever short to give out yellow cards but he has adapted to the lighter touch.
“He’s seen it, he’s reacted to it, was he going to apply an advantage that never materialised? I don’t know whether he shouted play on.
“But in reality, if he’s played advantage he should still go back and caution Maguire. That’s not football, it’s rugby. He put McGinn out of the game for that period.
“For me, it’s a yellow card offence, unsporting behaviour. The referee has failed to do his job on that occasion.
“VAR can’t come in because of course it’s not allowed in for yellow cards.”
Maguire eventually limped off after 67 minutes with the scores level.
Kortney Hause scored Villa’s winner in the dying moments before the hosts missed a penalty in stoppage time.