By George Overhill

21st Feb, 2022 | 6:30am

Ralf Rangnick shares referee Paul Tierney reaction to his complaints about Leeds United goal

Ralf Rangnick was unhappy with the Leeds United equaliser but was amusingly dismissed when he tried to complain to referee Paul Tierney.

Bruno Fernandes was caught on the ball by Adam Forshaw leading to Dan James to cross for Raphinha’s finish, with the Portuguese midfielder staying down claiming he had been fouled.

A VAR check saw nothing wrong and the goal was awarded to set up an intriguing finish to the game which saw the visitors eventually run out 4-2 winners, but the Red Devils’ boss was displeased by the difference in officiating between Germany and England.

Quoted after the game, via The Athletic’s Manchester United reporter Laurie Whitwell’s Twitter account, the German said: “I spoke to the referee after the game about that tackle on Bruno before they scored the equaliser.

“I said, ‘In Germany, we wouldn’t even need VAR.’ The referee said, quite funnily, ‘Listen this is why you had to come to England.'”

Fair challenge

In what was a throwback fixture in more ways than one the officiating of Tierney came under the microscope from both sides.

The first meeting in front of fans at Elland Road of the two sides since the Whites relegation in 2004 was played out in torrential rain that lead to even stronger challenges than were probably inevitable.

The referee brandished nine yellow cards in total but home players and fans were unhappy about one that he kept in his pocket, as they felt Scott McTominay should have been sent off.

The decision to allow the Leeds equaliser was surely the right decision however, as replays appeared to show Forshaw’s boot nick the ball away before any contact on the man.

Too often a player will go down screaming in mock agony at the mere inconvenience of being challenged and be awarded a free kick which breaks up the play and prevents an attack.

On this occasion it was allowed and saw the home side score a second goal in a minute to draw level.

It ultimately didn’t end up changing the result but was part of the most compelling period of the game, so the decision to correctly allow play to continue should be praised, whatever the overall feelings of the referee’s performance.

In other Leeds United news, Henry Winter couldn’t believe a red card wasn’t shown during one controversial second-half incident.