VAR Controversy Dominates The First Half Of Burnley Vs Manchester Unied
VAR has caused controversy in the Premier League once again - with Burnley vs Manchester United being stopped for nearly five minutes.
United left-back Luke Shaw challenged Johann Berg Gudmundsson in his own half before United went off on the counter.
Clarets defender Robbie Brady then hauled down Edinson Cavani who was clear on goal and United players protested for a red card.
Referee Kevin Friend was then urged to check VAR and play was stopped for almost five minutes at Turf Moor.
It could have been a red card for either side - a big decision for the referee!
After a lengthy review, the hosts are awarded a free-kick and Luke Shaw is yellow carded...
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Both players could've seen red for their challenges, but Brady escaped without punishment and Shaw was given a booking.
Minutes later, United captain Harry Maguire thought he'd given his side the lead with a towering header.
But it was ruled out after the England international was judged to have fouled Erik Pieters, with no VAR used.
Fans have reacted to the action and they haven't been impressed with VAR's intervention.
Anyone that looks at this for about 5 mins and doesn't think it's a red card shouldn't be outside of a nuthouse never mind reffing a football game https://t.co/nogFey1rEV
- Reece Parto (@reeceparto_98) January 12, 2021
VAR malfunctioning. That Maguire goal should have been thoroughly reviewed and it wasn't. #mufc- Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) January 12, 2021
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Not sure I'd have many goals left if maguires was no goal :grimacing:- Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) January 12, 2021
So glad that VAR's removed all the controversy around refereeing decisions.- Sam Homewood (@SamHomewood) January 12, 2021
VAR- Fantasy Hub (@FantasyFootyHub) January 12, 2021
1. Very awful refereeing.
Imagine getting booked for winning the ball, the game is honestly ruined with VAR- Aidan Walsh :beginner: (@AidanWalshMUFC) January 12, 2021
There was nothing wrong with Harry Maguire's goal. Gets up early and wants it more. Embarrassing that a qualified refreee deems that a foul. #MUFC- Sam Pilger (@sampilger) January 12, 2021
The game is 0-0 at half-time. United know avoiding defeat will take them top of the Premier League ahead of Liverpool.
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