FA Cup: ManU into quarters despite VAR troubles, West Brom exit
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Feb 21, 2018,
Feb 21, 2018, 4:20
West Brom coach Alan Pardew complained that two of his players suffered hamstring injuries due to delays in play as three major decisions were referred to VAR in his side's 3-2 win at Liverpool in the previous round of the FA Cup.
The company responsible for the "wobbly line" that caused confusion during Manchester United's debut using the controversial video assistant referee (VAR) system has apologised for a technical error.
Mata thought he'd doubled Manchester United's lead, but VAR and referee Kevin Friend came to the conclusion he was offside after this image was skillfully produced. Matic says he is in favour of the system but has called on the authorities to speed up the process.
"We are smart and intelligent enough to separate our performance and result, especially if you play against an opponent like [Manchester United] with top quality, which they have shown in these two situations where they hurt us".
"Saturday made me wonder how far we can trust the technology to arrive at incontestable decisions, which is odd given that is the point of it", the former head of Premier League referees, Keith Hackett, wrote in the Telegraph newspaper.More news: Fifteen-day-long festivities of Chinese New Year begin
"It was a little bit odd because you have to wait two minutes to see what happened, but it's OK".
"But if the VAR change their good decisions for bad decisions, I think they are not happy with that". Other than that I like it.
"I hope that we can see a great football game, and that we get a good score for the second leg at Old Trafford, in front of our crowd. Or do they want to live with the mistakes they make as humans?" Pogba then missed the routine 2-0 win over Huddersfield with illness - despite Mourinho saying he would play on Friday.
The Frenchman is a doubt for the trip to Sevilla this week, although sources have told ESPN FC he trained at Carrington on Sunday to boost his chances.
"He is our first striker and he is very important to us", continued Matic. It's a big game for many reasons and very special for me.