Against Hull City at the weekend Chris Smalling smashed a shot at goal that to the naked eye looked to have been saved. In fact Hawk-Eye got it spot on, the ball had crossed the line and United were 1-0 up.
Yesterday a goal-line clearance from Ashley Young that may have been given in the past was rightly praised as an excellent stop, as again the technology in place destroyed any doubt in the referees decision. On both occasions, there was no delay. The decision was instant and the game continued to flow.
Young, whose last minute block from Mame Biram Diouf's shot secured the win for Manchester United last night, has now been commending the new addition to the referees arsenal, thankful it is finally in the game:
“We are delighted that it has been brought in. The referee was there with his watch and, as soon as the ball hit my foot and was cleared off the line, I looked to see if he was whistling for a goal. He wasn’t and we managed to hold on to the win, so thank God for goalline technology!
"I’m not too sure what I was thinking beforehand. Diouf had the shot and I think it came off my bum and went the other way. It was just a reaction to turn around and run in that direction. I saw it fall to Mame and it was just a reaction to stick my leg out and hope for the best. Luckily I cleared it..."
United fans are probably glad the technology is around now, and not ten years ago when Pedro Mendes hit that strike against United in January 2005.
The only bizarre fact is that it took nearly a decade to get it in place.