Legendary Liverpool duo think Manchester United goal should have been disallowed...

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...while Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel disagreed with Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness.

As a TV pundit you are supposed to remain impartial, and put aside any previous commitment or love for other clubs and players to one side, and remain with splinters on your bum on a proverbial fence.

And however much I think it isn’t the case, it did seem as though the three pundits in the Sky Sports studio last night were not quite following up on the golden rule of punditry.

I say this in relation to the Manchester United goal this evening that eventually claimed them victory against Real Sociedad.

Wayne Rooney bamboozled the Real Sociedad defence and struck a ferocious shot against the post that ricocheted back into the path of Inigo Martinez, the young Spanish international then inexplicably skewed the ball into his own net off of his knee - leaving United thankful and the pundits stunned.

Accept there was a small question of offside. Javier Hernandez was standing near the defender, and when Rooney struck his shot the Mexican was in an offside position.

But was he interfering with play enough to cause the defender to absolutely cock up his clearance? According to two of the punditry trio yes - the other, no.

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Interestingly the two that thought the goal should not have stood were Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness, both legendary players of United’s arch-rivals Liverpool.

The pundit that felt it was a perfectly acceptable goal was Peter Schmeichel, a Manchester United legend of over 390 games for The Red Devils.

The Liverpool duet could not believe that a player of Martinez’s apparent ability would fluff his lines so extraordinarily without feeling under undue pressure, in this case from an offside Chicharito.

Schmeichel on the other hand was less forgiving - suggesting the youngster simply got in a kerfuddle and, for want of a better turn of phrase, made a pigs ear of it.

Were the pundits showing underlying bias, I’m not sure, but either way the three all agreed on one thing - United deserved the win.

Did you think there was a case for offside for the Manchester United winner?

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