This post contains affiliate links. “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”
Video assistant referee. The mere mention of VAR will probably leave many of you grinding your teeth and that is a perfectly understandable reaction.
Follow any Premier League match live on social media and you will undoubtedly see a lot of negativity about VAR.
For example, test number one:
It could have been a red card to either side, a great decision for the referee!
After a long review, the hosts receive a free kick and Luke Shaw receives a yellow card …
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 12, 2021
The VAR-related anger in responses to that tweet was overcome by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during Manchester United’s game at Burnley.
The Red Devils manager was heard saying ‘A lot of nonsense’ on the sidelines after a controversial VAR call went against his team.
The incidents involving Luke Shaw and Edinson Cavani took around three years for the VAR to be resolved, leaving Solskjaer completely stumped during the proceedings.
The Norwegian was not the only one to vent his frustration at The new technology, with Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, another vocal critic of the system.
Earlier this week he launched into a fun spiel, questioning how many penalties United have received in recent years compared to their own team.
His comments came after Liverpool were denied two shots from the spot in Monday’s loss at Southampton, although both decisions seemed correct.
All of these recent games and fun have set the stage for what could turn out to be a pivotal element in this season’s title race.
United’s 1-0 win at Turf Moor took them three points away from Liverpool at the top of the table, prompting talk that they are now true title contenders.
A win at Anfield would give United a comfortable cushion heading into the second half of the season, but the reigning champions will be eager to stop them in their tracks.
Whatever the outcome of the game, most fans hope that the VAR controversies don’t overshadow what could be a classic encounter.
However, since you can spell the word ‘penalty’ from referee Paul Tierney’s name, don’t be surprised to see at least one of the coaches pulling his hair out this weekend.