Former Spurs and West Ham manager, Harry Redknapp, has backed Chris Wilder and his stance when it comes to VAR.

Harry Redknapp has seemingly agreed with Chris Wilder when it comes to VAR. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

Wilder saw his Blades side the subject of a VAR check once again as Newcastle United took all three points last night.

Jonjo Shelvey was the only player to carry on, despite the linesman’s flag going up. Subsequently, he rolled the ball past Dean Henderson to make it 2-0 and essentially put the game to bed.

And while Shelvey insisted after the game he was simply following the referee’s instructions, Blades manager Chris Wilder had other thoughts.

“If you ask supporters up and down the country, the biggest stakeholders in the country, they’d sack it tomorrow,” Wilder said following the game.

It wasn’t the first time Wilder has been left frustrated with VAR this season. David McGoldrick was denied a goal at Spurs, while earlier in the season Oli McBurnie had one ruled out against Southampton.

United have been on the receiving end of one positive decision from VAR, however, with McBurnie’s equaliser against Manchester United ruled not handball just a few weeks back.

What has Harry Redknapp said to back Chris Wilder’s VAR view?

Speaking on Talksport alongside Alan Brazil and Ally McCoist, Redknapp appeared to share a similar view to that of Blades boss Wilder.

“The game belongs to the fans. At the moment it’s sucking the enjoyment out. You can’t celebrate. Every time a goal goes in you’re just sitting there thinking ‘what’s happening’,” Redknapp said.

“It’s not what the fans want. They want to celebrate a goal. Goal-line technology was great. Is it a goal or not? It’s simple. The rest of it has just gone crazy”.

Redknapp’s comments will resonate with plenty of Sheffield United fans today.

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Jonjo Shelvey saw his goal given thanks for the help of VAR. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)

Incidentally, last night’s decision was not actually a fault of VAR. The linesman, incorrectly or not, put his flag up, which in turn meant most players stopped.

Chris Wilder will have learnt a harsh lesson and will no doubt be keen for his players to put it behind them as they look ahead to Norwich City this weekend.

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