Sheffield United manager, Chris Wilder, was once again left perplexed by some of the VAR decisions as his side lost at Man City.
The Blades thought they had taken the lead when Lys Mousset slotted past Claudio Bravo in the first period. But the Frenchman was ruled offside as VAR intervened.
It took the total number of goals ruled out for Sheffield United this season to six. That puts them, along with Wolves, at the top of the pile when it comes to VAR working against them. Furthermore, City’s opening goal came when the referee seemingly tackled John Fleck inside the Blades’ half.
And following the game, Chris Wilder was left unimpressed that he had to answer questions about the technology again.
“It’s not clear, yet again. That’s got to be 7/8 goals we’ve had chalked off because of it“, Wilder said of Mousset’s goal and City’s opener (Andy Giddings).
“It isn’t making a difference. It’s just mugging supporters off. Not just ours, everybody’s”.
Despite feeling aggrieved, Wilder did admit that referee, Chris Kavanagh, had spoken to him following the game.
On Ref Chris Kavanagh block Fleck, #sufc CW said: “He called me in straight away. I’ve alot of respect for Chris and his approach with me. He should blow up and it’s not a debate at all. I don’t think anything would have happened. But it’s effected the game.”
— Andy Giddings (@Gids1980) December 29, 2019
However, Wilder couldn’t resist a slight dig at the Premier League’s bigger teams, adding:
“Can you imagine if you flipped it? Can you imagine?” he said, speaking about what the reaction would have been if it was Man City who were punished.
VAR once again the talking point
It’s almost becoming tiresome writing about VAR but such is the nature of the beast at the moment, that you simply have to mention it.
The fact is, regardless of correct or incorrect decisions, it is robbing supporters of their matchday experience. You could tell the players half thought Mousset’s goal would be disallowed. This shouldn’t be happening.
Fans are almost not celebrating at times. The fear of VAR overturning a goal is always at the back of their minds.
Chris Wilder is right in his comments on VAR. Once again it’s farcical and the authorities simply have to look at the way it’s being implemented.