Manchester United are famous for their dramatic late comebacks, but they’ve been in short supply since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013.
However, United fans got a taste of the glory years on Tuesday night, as two goals in the final five minutes rescued a point against Burnley.
Chris Wood appeared to have condemned Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to his first defeat as United’s caretaker manager by doubling Burnley’s advantage with 10 minutes left on the clock, following Ashley Barnes’s strike earlier in the second half.
But United pulled a goal back through Paul Pogba from the penalty spot in the 87th minute to give the hosts a lifeline.
Victor Lindelof then popped up in the second minute of stoppage time to keep Solskjaer’s remarkable unbeaten start intact.
While United fans were obviously thrilled with the comeback, they were still furious with one man at the full-time whistle: referee Jon Moss.
Five minutes of stoppage time were added but United fans were convinced it should have been more due to Lindelof’s goal and the Burnley players deliberately wasting time.
But not only did Moss fail to add on more time, he actually blew the full-time whistle *before* 95 minutes were on the clock.
As soon as Burnley cleared the ball on 94:55, Moss decided enough was enough, much to the fury of United fans on social media.
Furthermore, just moments before the full-time whistle, Moss inadvertently affected a late United attack when a Lindelof pass hit his legs and rolled backwards 20 yards.
Watch the final 20 seconds in full here…
The touch he could do little about. Obviously his positioning could have been better, but this type of thing happens to all referees.
Blowing the final whistle before 95:00 was poor, though.
United fans are also right to believe that additional time should have been added after Lindelof’s goal and the time-wasting from Burnley’s players.
Even if he’d added another 30 seconds, United could potentially have sealed all three points.
Moss, however, denied them that opportunity.
Curiously, Burnley boss Sean Dyche was stunned that five minutes of added time were awarded in the first place.
"With Fergie Time and all that, there was a lift as soon as the five minutes went up,” he was quoted as saying by Goal.com’s Kris Voakes. “I didn't get a satisfactory answer from the fourth official when I asked where it had come from."
Re-watch the second half, Sean, and all will become clear.