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Matt Le Tissier: 'Southampton's offside goal would have stood for Man United'

Matt Le Tissier believes that Southampton's goal would not have been wrongfully ruled offside if Manchester United had scored it in the EFL Cup final.

Matt Le Tissier has claimed that Southampton's opening goal would not have been ruled offside had Manchester United scored it during Sunday's EFL Cup final at Wembley.

Manolo Gabbiadini put the Saints ahead in the 11th minute by nudging the ball home from close range, but it was wrongfully ruled offside by the linesman.

Claude Puel's men pegged back United's two-goal lead to 2-2 thanks to Gabbiadini, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic's 87th-minute strike sealed victory for the Red Devils.

Le Tissier believes that Jose Mourinho's side would not have been as unlucky as Southampton if the situation were reversed.

"The history of football shows you the bigger clubs get a lot more decisions in their favour than the small ones," Le Tissier told talkSPORT. "[If United had scored] it wouldn't have been given offside, I genuinely think that. The flag wouldn't have gone up in the first place.

"Big teams get so many more decision you (Max) must see that, surely? Do you think that officials are just not very good and that was a genuine mistake? There are certain decisions where the margins are so close, you can understand why mistakes are made."

Southampton have not won silverware since the Football League Trophy in 2010.

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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