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Anthony Elanga tackled Marcus Rashford inside the box when he was through on goal in a moment that perfectly summed up Manchester United this season.
The Red Devils drew 1-1 with Leicester City at Old Trafford, missing out on the chance to move just one point behind fourth-placed Arsenal.
Kelechi Iheanacho put the visitors ahead in the 63rd minute following a dire first half but Fred replied minutes later for United, who saw Scott McTominay avoid a red card for a dangerous challenge on James Maddison.
Maddison thought he had put Leicester back in the lead but his goal was chalked off for a foul from Iheanacho on Raphael Varane.
United only started playing near the end and had a glorious opening deep in stoppage time when substituted Rashford weaved his way through a couple of challenges.
Marcus Rashford tackled by Anthony Elanga in the box pic.twitter.com/TatVOsF6Dq— Atiq Ur Rehman (@Atiq4683) April 2, 2022
But just as the under fire forward prepared to pull the trigger, an offside Elanga got in his way and kicked Rashford's foot to send him tumbling.
Bruno Fernandes and Jadon Sancho had their arms up in the air and appealed for a penalty, not aware that it was Elanga who had fouled his own teammate.
Andre Marriner signalled for offside after his linesman put his flag up. The hilarious passage of play encapsulated United in recent times and garnered a lot of reaction on social media.
Thought I’d seen it all this season but Bruno appealing for a penalty after an offside Elanga tackled Rashford to stop him getting the winner is a new low. The sooner this season ends the better.— Jay Motty (@JayMotty) April 2, 2022
No way is that Bruno asking for a penalty at the end as well 💀— Inevitable Alonso (@Zealous_Zola_) April 2, 2022
What the hell is penandez appealing for?— Chinmay Peri (@ChinmayThfc) April 2, 2022
Do you know how embarrassing this shit is?😭 we are a joke https://t.co/jrq8utqujL— sparks🥷 (@Sparks63__) April 2, 2022
Crying at how they’re screaming for a penalty too https://t.co/3WdPEvOrsw— Jacob Knight (@jacob_knight112) April 2, 2022
Elanga knew his place was on line if this went in😭 https://t.co/avWkmby1Aj— Max⚜🇫🇷 (@utdanton) April 2, 2022
Yes, that should have been a red card for Elanga after taking out Rashford in a goalscoring position pic.twitter.com/GPL4YOLAaY— Has the Referee or VAR made a poor decision? (@PoorEPLreferees) April 2, 2022
After the disappointing draw, United lie in fifth place - four points behind Arsenal, who have two games in hand and a superior goal difference.
The Gunners could move six points ahead of Ralf Rangnick's side should they beat Crystal Palace away from home on Monday.
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