Friday 20 April 2018

Liverpool fans accuse Martin Tyler of bias towards Man United in Old Trafford draw

Wayne Rooney and (inset) Martin Tyler
Wayne Rooney and (inset) Martin Tyler

Callum Davis

Liverpool fans are becomingly increasingly convinced that Sky Sports' Martin Tyler is a secret Manchester United fan.

The veteran Sky Sports commentator was on duty for what was billed as one of the biggest games of the season so far as Manchester United welcomed Liverpool to Old Trafford.

The 71-year-old broadcaster may be one of the most recognisable, respected voices in football but Tyler's most recent coverage of Premier League football has provoked a ferocious reaction online.

Tyler has previously come under fire from irate Liverpool fans after he was deemed to have reacted with undue excitement as Anthony Martial scored with his first shot on his Premier League debut.

"Oh, yes!" Tyler screamed as the Frenchman marked his first Manchester United appearance with a goal after just 21 minutes.

Now the 71-year-old is once again the subject of online criticism for his coverage of the dying minutes of Manchester United's draw with Liverpool.

When Zlatan Ibrahimovic managed to divert Antonio Valencia's cross past Simon Mignolet to draw United level, the Sky Sports commentator described the Swede as a "Tower of Power!" - a remark that drew raised eyebrows from fans on Twitter.

As the match edged towards full time Manchester United looked the likelier of the two teams to snatch a win as Marouane Fellaini came on to offer an alternative option in attack.

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When the ball dropped to Wayne Rooney on the edge of Liverpool's penalty area with five minutes left to play, Tyler whispered: "Rooney: is it in the script? Is it written in the stars?"

Tyler's choice of words sparked an angry reaction among fans on Twitter who saw the commentary as over the top.

The grand billing proved a little premature, though, as Wayne Rooney passed the ball directly into the path of Liverpool midfielder, Emre Can.

Fellow Sky Sports colleagues Graeme Souness, Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville have never attempted to hide their club allegiances, but Martin Tyler has never publicly revealed whether he follows a Premier League team.

Liverpool were able to resist a flurry of late Manchester United attacks as Jose Mourinho's side were unable to extend their nine-match winning run.

Despite salvaging a point from the game, Manchester United remain outside the top four, although Jose Mourinho's side are only four points adrift of Arsenal in fourth and two points behind Manchester City who lost 4-0 to Everton on Sunday afternoon.

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