Mike Dean was “fooled” by Brighton & Hove Albion’s Leandro Trossard in their 2-1 loss to Manchester United, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-head of the PGMOL admitted Dean was “unlucky” to find himself blocking Fred’s tackle on the attacker at the beginning of a move that led to the Seagulls’ opening goal.
Trossard, 26, was first to a loose pass from Paul Pogba and after threatening to go one way, he let the ball run across his body before playing a pass out wide.
Fred, the intended recipient of the pass, was unable to challenge the Belgian as Dean was between him and the ball.
Brighton then launched a cross into the box which ex-Manchester United star Danny Welbeck headed past Dean Henderson.
“Dean’s a bit unlucky,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“He certainly blocks off the defender. He’s caught the defender’s sightline and that’s opened up an opportunity for Brighton.
“That for Dean is a bit of bad luck. He’s in a good position.
“Sometimes, with the skill of the players, it’s absolutely difficult to determine what you’re going to do next. You can see the attacking Brighton player has fooled him. He’s got caught right where he shouldn’t be.
“There are times when some of the Premier League referee’s control paths are a little narrow up and down in the centre. If you take a diagonal path from the corner of one penalty area to the opposite corner of the other that in effect is what Dean is working on. If Dean goes out towards the left more, he wouldn’t have got caught in the midfield area where there’s a danger he’s going to get in the way.
“The only time you can call it back is if he gets hit with the ball, it’s a drop ball for the team that was in possession.”