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Manchester United charged over player misconduct during defeat to Liverpool

The charge relates to the incident in the 26th minute when players berated referee Craig Pawson for Roberto Firmino's goal

The English Football Association (FA) have charged Manchester United over misconduct of their players during the 2-0 Premier League defeat to rivals Liverpool on Sunday.

The charge relates to United players surrounding referee Craig Pawson after he had initially awarded Liverpool a second goal when Roberto Firmino curled in a shot in the 26th minute.

A number of players berated Pawson over his decision to award the goal, with Virgil van Dijk impeding United goalkeeper David de Gea in the build-up.

De Gea dropped the ball which the defence failed to clear allowing Firmino to take advantage and score. VAR subsequently overturned the goal.

"Manchester United FC has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E20(a)," read the FA statement.

"It is alleged that the club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 26th minute of the Premier League fixture against Liverpool FC on Sunday (19/01/20)."

A furious De Gea led United protests, rushing over to Pawson to vent his frustration. The Spaniard, who was booked for his actions, was joined by a number of his team-mates in surrounding Pawson.

Van Dijk had already opened the scoring for Liverpool prior to the incident and Mohamed Salah added a second in time added on to extend Liverpool's lead over Manchester City to 16 points - United trail by 30 points.

United have until Thursday to respond to the charge.

Updated: January 21, 2020 03:01 PM

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