Chris Wilder is still not a massive fan of VAR despite seeing it help out his Blades team this weekend.
The VAR overturned the initial decision to send Chris Basham off at Carrow Road yesterday. Basham was given a straight red for an over the top challenge. However, on second look, the Blades defender appeared to not actually catch Kenny McLean.
Basham was ordered back onto the field and a yellow card was given instead. However, United manager, Chris Wilder, was still not overly happy with things again.
“I thought the way Basham went in, it was aggressive. But, no contact at all, so I don’t know where the boy is rolling about from,” Wilder said of the red card (Sky Sports).
“I’m going to contradict myself here though because the right decision was eventually made. But we still should have had a penalty when Basham was in the area.
“I’ve just said though, there’s 30,000 people speaking about it yet again. I said it in midweek and it’s more about the general feel and amount of incidents we talk about. And yet again, we’re going to be talking about that red card and that penalty. We should be talking about us winning a tough game of football and keeping our unbeaten away record going.”
Why is Chris Wilder getting fed up with VAR?
It’s not that the Blades boss is necessarily disagreeing with the decisions as such. It’s the more the fact he feels it’s taking something away from the fans.
He commented in midweek after the Newcastle loss how football is the fans’ game. Those fans today were chanting against VAR in unison at Carrow Road. It’s surely a tell-tale sign that fans up and down the country aren’t happy with the way it’s being used currently?
Granted, the Blades have been on the receiving end of VAR, both good and bad this season. The bad does seem to outweigh the good, however.
Unfortunately for Blades boss Chris Wilder and some fans, VAR is here to stay. It’s not going to be gotten rid of now, so the powers that be simply need to keep working to improve its use.