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BT Sport pundits conveniently avoid using the word ‘dive’ when discussing Marcus Rashford’s penalty incident

Man United and England's Golden Boy was treated to lenient reviews by BT Sport's punditry team after controversial penalty awarded in his favour

Marcus Rashford dived to win a penalty against Swansea at Old Trafford.

There’s no two ways about it.

Replays showed the 19-year-old forward was on his way down well before Lukasz Fabianski made minimal contact in the box.

 

Marcus Rashford broke through the Swansea defence but the ball was on his left foot

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Marcus Rashford broke through the Swansea defence but the ball was on his left foot

The United striker seemed to dangle his right foot toward Fabianksi in the hope of contact

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The United striker seemed to dangle his right foot toward Fabianksi in the hope of contact

Referee Neil Swarbrick blew his whistle and pointed to the penalty spot

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Referee Neil Swarbrick blew his whistle and pointed to the penalty spot

All the evidence suggested a dive

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All the evidence suggested a dive

At half-time BT Sport’s punditry team were very lenient on Rashford and preferred to question referee Neil Swarbrick’s decision instead.

Rashord’s status as United and England’s ‘Golden Boy’ seemed to have served him well.

However, BBC pundit Chris Sutton pulled no punches.

The former Premier League forward said: “Rashford dived for the penalty, that’s simulation and a really poor decision. And really poor from Rashford.

“Never a penalty in a million years.”

Ex-referee Graham Poll watched the replay in the BT Sport studios and explained how Rashford had conned Swarbrick into handing United the lead.

Poll said: “There’s no intent, he’s pulled his hands away, he’s read the situation.”

Rashford has been hammered by some pundits and supported by others

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Rashford has been hammered by some pundits and supported by others

The England striker appeared to be keen to collapse under the challenge

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The England striker appeared to be keen to collapse under the challenge

 

Sorry Marcus, but your promising talent does not grant you special treatment.

Poor show.

Manchester United fans sing a Marcus Rashford song on a coach