Manchester United had VAR to thank for their progression through to the FA Cup fourth round, after a controversial decision masked a terrible second-half performance in a 1-0 win over Aston Villa.
United took the lead through Scott McTominay, when his midfield partner, Fred, whipped in a fantastic ball and the Scot had the simple task of glancing it into the back of the net.
Steven Gerrard’s side thought they were level just after half time, as former Liverpool man Danny Ings stuck the ball in the back of the net from a set-piece.
However, after a lengthy VAR check, referee Michael Oliver appeared to rule the goal out for a foul by Jacob Ramsey on Edinson Cavani, but there was confusion, even amongst the players, why it was disallowed.
Ings put the ball in the back of the net again five minutes later but, again, the goal was ruled out, this time for offside.
talkSPORT’s Micky Gray described the second half performance as “woeful”, after disappointing performances from the majority of the Red Devils.
They were saved by VAR and the referee’s use of it, something Gray was extremely critical of after Villa’s disallowed goal.
He said, live on talkSPORT: “We’re sitting here, we’ve got a small monitor with us and we can see what’s going on.”
“He didn’t even need to go over to the monitor,” he added.
“Stockley Park should have known it was offside, they should have told him to give a free-kick.
“It’s delayed the game for three or four minutes and that’s what we don’t like about VAR.”
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