VAR has come into question more times than once this season as Manchester United took on Liverpool.
There was a controversial incident earlier in the season, when Marcus Rashford’s goal was allowed to stand despite Liverpool fans arguing that Divock Origi was fouled in the build up.
But yesterday at Anfield, Liverpool had a goal disallowed, with VAR deciding that Virgil van Dijk had fouled David de Gea before Roberto Firmino hit the back of the net.
The Scousers are now arguing that the rulebook states VAR should only change a decision if there is a clear and obvious error.
There was — even if Gary Lineker couldn’t see it.
Not sure that was a clear and obvious error, if an error at all.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 19, 2020
The fact of the matter is you cannot tackle the goalkeeper and Van Dijk knew what he was doing with De Gea attempting to catch a high ball.
We don’t think Craig Pawson needed to call on VAR to make the decision, but if there wasn’t a check the goal would have stood, and that would have been down to shoddy refereeing.
Liverpool had another goal ruled out for offside. A decision some Scousers will try to disagree with but can’t do so without sounding stupid.
All in all, the decision made no difference to the outcome of the game.
United were deservedly beaten 2-0.