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VAR proving to be problematic for Sheffield United
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VAR proving to be problematic for Sheffield United

VAR has been the talk of the Premier League this season it seems, with Sheffield United amongst a host of clubs affected.

VAR overturned David McGoldrick’s goal at Spurs. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

The new technology has come into force this season in the top-flight. And, as expected, there has been more than a number of teething problems with the system.

VAR has seemingly, according to some fans, robbed some of the matchday experience. Complaints about when to actually celebrate a goal without being sure if it will count, just one of a number of complaints about it.

For Sheffield United fans, the pain with VAR has been prominent. The Blades have seen goals disallowed for the finest of margins, with David McGoldrick’s ruled out effort at Spurs the biggest example of this.


But there’s more than just that situation with VAR for Sheffield United fans to be annoyed about.

Blades bottom of the pile

According to stats compiled by ESPN’s Dale Johnson, the Blades sit as the most punished club when it comes to VAR.

Chris Wilder’s men have seen the most disallowed goals for (four), while they’ve also had the most net against decisions (five).

It all makes for very frustrating reading for Blades fans. Goals from Oli McBurnie, John Egan, and Jack O’Connell are amongst those chalked off. Furthermore, the Blades also felt harshly done by when Jonjo Shelvey scored the second goal for Newcastle at Bramall Lane earlier in the month.

Oli McBurnie saw his goal against Southampton ruled out by VAR.  (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

United are bottom of the net decisions table comfortably. Norwich City are the next on the list, with three decisions against, net.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Brighton and Hove Albion have a net decision of +5. Of course, two of those came in the game with United last week, a game in which they had their own goal from Neal Maupay ruled out.

Sheffield United, then, will be hoping for change of luck when it comes to VAR in 2020.

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