Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has criticised the inconsistency of Premier League referees after Casemiro was sent off for the second time in as many months.
Casemiro was handed a yellow card for a serious foul on Southampton midfielder Carlos Alcaraz but referee Anthony Taylor was advised to consult VAR and ended up dismissing the Brazilian.
“What I think is the inconsistency, players don’t know any more what is the policy, and I think it’s all across.” Ten Hag said.
“We see it with Premier League yesterday: Leicester-Chelsea, the VAR is not coming on the line. Today, it’s coming on the line. And then it’s two penalty situations, but they don’t come on the line. Especially the first one, it was clear and obvious handball so what is the policy?”
“And if they isolate one – it’s a little bit the same as against Crystal Palace, definitely. When you saw that incident you should have sent off three or four players and not only one if you’re really consistent.”
The Brazilian will serve a four-match suspension just as he had after been sent off this against Crystal Palace.
On his part, Southampton manager Ruben Selles admitted that he was pleased with his team’s performance but he was not happy with the result as the Saints drew against Manchester United.
“One is the performance. We are really happy with the performance we put out there and that is what we are trying to implement and we are analysing that every time.’’
“So the performance is fantastic, 11 vs 11 we did a really good part of the game and then 11 against 10 we tried to find our moment, try to be calm with the ball and find the pockets, don’t get caught in transitions. We knew they had some situations with Marcus RAshford especially into the space and we wanted to win the game.
United had a commanding start and enjoyed the better of the opening stages and looked favorites to find the opener against the Premier League strugglers until Casemiro was handed the red card.