Manchester United scored a controversial goal in the first half against Premier League leaders Liverpool thanks to English forward Marcus Rashford but there have been questions raised over VAR (Video Assistant Referee) after it failed to confirm a tackle on Divock Origi in the build-up to the goal as a “clear and obvious” mistake.
There are a few teams, managers, and pundits that have their own opinions on the newly introduced VAR in the Premier League for the decision-making system not to be perfect. And the Liverpool vs Manchester United game on Sunday shed further light on the grey area with the use of the new technology.
Liverpool forward Divock Origi was clearly clipped in the back by Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof in the build-up to the goal for the Red Devils. The play was allowed to continue and after Rashford tucked in his goal, there was a check on the foul but VAR checked and ensured that the goal stood despite a clear foul on Origi.
But the clear up on the incident, the PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) weighed in their opinion to come out and admit why the goal was allowed. The officials spoke to Sky Sports and said, “Firstly, the on-field referee didn’t think it was a foul and VAR checked/decided that it wasn’t a clear and obvious error to not award the foul, Secondly, VAR isn’t re-refereeing matches – there is contact but VAR was comfortable it wasn’t enough to disallow the goal.”
But Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp stated and blamed VAR for making an error, they were better than us and defended well, but in the end they scored a goal that shows all the problems with VAR, Mr. Atkinson let the game run on because that is the protocol of VAR, and VAR shows there was contact and it was a foul. We then scored a goal that was disallowed. Pretty much everything went against us today, but we still didn’t lose. We deserved the point, 100 percent.”
The game ended 1-1 as substitute Adam Lallana tapped in from close range in the dying minutes of the game to salvage a point for the Merseyside giants. The draw ended Liverpool’s 17 games winning streak in England’s top flight but they still hold a six-point lead over 2nd place Manchester City.
I think that there was a clear foul on Origi and the referee and VAR should have disallowed the goal. But VAR is creating plenty of controversies even though it was actually brought in to create a fair game.