Chris Wilder doesn’t think John Lundstram deserved a red card during Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Brighton and Hove Albion.
A yellow was initially shown to the Sheffield United midfielder by referee Peter Bankes following his challenge on Joel Veltman. Yet it was upgraded to a red when he was alerted to look it at further by VAR.
It meant the Blades had to play more than half the game with ten men, but still almost earned their first win of the season.
Those hopes were dashed by an 87th-minute equaliser from Danny Welbeck. Yet who knows what might have happened if Lundstram had stayed on the pitch.
Which Wilder thinks should have happened.
“The game has moved on and changed but I still think supporters want to see that big tackle,” the United manager told BBC Radio Sheffield after the game.
“I think he’s a bit unfortunate, but the game has gone that way and for me, not for the better.
“I was right in front of it and thought it was a great tackle.”
Others think Lundstram deserved his red card
Former Premier League ref, Dermot Gallagher, didn’t have the same view of the events as Wilder.
“Without doubt we arrived at the right decision here. The process with VAR alerting the referee that what he saw on the field required a second look at the monitor is what the technology is there for,” Gallagher wrote in his Sky Sports column.
“Lundstram overruns the ball, had a heavy touch and his priority is to get that ball back. In his haste to get it back, he lunges in at full speed and loses control of his actions. He catches Veltman high, late and seriously endangers an opponent.
“VAR quite rightly referred the referee to the monitor; he picks it up and it’s a red card. Very quick process and correct outcome.”
It means the Blades will now be without Lundstram for three matches as he serves his suspension.
Which is a blow as the the 26-year-old was back in the starting XI at the Amex Stadium because of an injury to Sander Berge.
Berge needs surgery and will be out for three months after a “freak” injury during the recent 3-2 defeat to Manchester United.