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Maguire is very lucky

Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane agreed that Man Utd defender Harry Maguire should have been shown a red card for kicking out at Michy Batshuayi.

Maguire was cleared of a potential red card offence by a VAR review after he appeared to kick out at Michy Batshuayi on the touchline after being clattered into by the Chelsea forward.

Maguire scored Manchester United's second in their 2-0 win at Chelsea, but he shouldn't have been on the pitch at the time.

It was a clear foul. Both Jamie Carragher and Roy Keane said Maguire, who would later score his first United league goal to seal their win at Stamford Bridge, was "lucky" to stay on the pitch, while Frank Lampard said the VAR review made the "wrong decision".

Keane told Monday Night Football Maguire's personality had worked in his favour with VAR official Chris Kavanagh, who gave him a reprieve after reviewing the footage of the incident.

"He's very lucky, a very lucky boy," he said. "Maguire, maybe because it's his personality, he seems like a calm lad, he definitely kicks out. I think they look at it and ask if he's a nasty player.

"His personality helped him in the situation. He does come across as a pretty decent guy and he said it was an accident. It's a pretty decent excuse but still, he's a lucky boy."

Maguire defend himself saying: "I can see why [the Batshuayi incident looked bad], I know I caught him but I thought he was going to fall on me. My natural reaction was to straighten my leg, obviously I've got studs on my boots and it probably looks worse than it was, on TV, but it was just my natural reaction.

"It wasn't a kick-out, there was no intent, and if he fell to hold him up. I knew I caught him, I knew at the time, but I thought it was the right decision. It was definitely [worrying] during the review, but I never meant to hurt or kick him."

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