Anthony Martial Penalty Decision Labelled The "Worst Use Of VAR In Premier League History"
Manchester United thrashed Southampton 9-0 on Tuesday night - with their eighth goal coming thanks to "the worst use of VAR in the history of the Premier League."
Bruno Fernandes scored from the penalty spot after Anthony Martial was judged to have been hauled down by Jan Bednarek, despite there being minimal contacted.
Referee Mike Dean awarded a penalty before being instructed to check the VAR screen. Following that, he still awarded the penalty and sent Bednarek off.
The Polish international protested his innocence as he left the pitch with talkSPORT's Hugh Woozencroft and Danny Mills furious at the decision.
"That is probably the worst use of VAR in the history of the Premier League since it's come in," said Woozencroft.
Mills then replied: "This is a shambles, an absolute disgrace. I don't believe it!
"That has to be overturned, it's an appalling decision. It's not a penalty, it's not a red card; it's a dive as he's already going down.
"I don't think anybody in football would disagree with it being an absolutely shocking decision.
"VAR and the officials have messed it up big time."
Dean thoroughly checked the challenge and it brought play to a standstill for a significant amount of time.
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Former England international Mills thinks a cap on how often officials can view decisions need to be brought in.
"This is getting ridiculous," he continued. "They've looked at it 20 times and then told the referee to go to the monitor.
"If they are not sure and want the ref to make the decision, they should look at it once and say, 'go to the monitor'.
"This is where I think VAR has got to get a grip, and there has got to be a maximum of THREE replays. Because if not you start looking at it over and over again, and if you are looking for something, you will find something."
Bednarek's red came after Alex Jankewitz was sent off 79 seconds into the game for a high lunge on Scott McTominay.
It is the second 9-0 drubbing Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has overseen in charge, but he admitted this one hurt more than the last.
"We lost again in a horrible way," he told The Guardian.
Southampton have been reduced to 10 men early on and that looks like a painful one for Scott McTominay :flushed: pic.twitter.com/buXPMREUxq- Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) February 2, 2021
"The same story, one man down [early] and so 90 minutes can be long. The lads had no alternatives - no players on the bench, no alternatives to defend better.
"In the end, it's a different situation to the first time [Leicester City], as it has been a good season so far and we are in a position we haven't been for a long time [mid-table].
"We know what we've to do better. It hurts more not less to have this result again. But the team is a different one now. Let's see how the season ends."
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