‘I don’t think it’s that complicated’

STEVEN GERRARD has ripped through VAR after watching his Aston Villa side deny an equalizer at Manchester United.

Midlands Club fall out of the FA Cup after a 0-1 defeat at Old Trafford in Monday.

Steven Gerrard unhappy with VAR after Aston Villa were denied equalizer in Man Utd


Steven Gerrard unhappy with VAR after Aston Villa were denied equalizer in Man UtdCredit: PA

But the night could have turned out differently if a Danny Ings attack in the second half was allowed to stay.

The striker retreated home to an empty spot after a Villa corner that United failed to clear.

However, VAR immediately intervened and kept the game on hold for a number of minutes as they checked for a number of incidents.

One was Ings’ potential handball and the other was Jacob Ramsey’s probable foul on Edinson Cavani.

But despite the lengthy checking process, VAR still asked referee Michael Oliver to review the touch screen.

After much time reviewing the goal, Oliver and the VAR finally concluded that Ramsey was offside before he tackled Cavani.

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The other Villa were furious at this decision, which also made the fans fat as the match lasted – 3 minutes and 45 seconds in total.

And Gerrard vented his disappointment after the final whistle, saying:[It’s] very difficult [to take]. We’ve left the FA Cup and come to this job, I see this competition as an opportunity to have a good run in it.

“The players have given a lot in terms of performance but we need to learn and close the gap from an almost good enough performance. We are dominant for large divisions but we are not ruthless enough.

“[The VAR decision?] How long do you have? It took officials three and a half minutes to resolve that issue. They looked at two or three things in there.

“I’m disappointed that VAR (VAR) took three and a half minutes to resolve the issue. That time made the game painful.

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STEVEN GERRARD will be disappointed to see Danny Ings’ equalizer knocked out by a Jacob Ramsey tackle on Edinson Cavani.

The Aston Villa midfielder moved into Cavani’s path and blocked the Manchester United striker from heading the ball.

Ramsey was caught offside from a John McGinn free-kick and that is not an offense in itself.

But Ramsey’s movement affected Cavani’s ability to challenge the ball.

That means the Villa player interfered with the opponent under Rule 11: Offside.

The controversy lasted too long for VAR and referee Michael Oliver to come to a decision.

And it’s also unfair that only FA Cup matches in the Premier League have VAR, and other teams don’t.

It is bringing the integrity of the contest into question.

“Now that I’ve heard (what the decision is), I don’t think it’s that complicated.

“When VAR is there and they make a decision, you have to accept it. There is nothing you can do to change it. The easy way out is to blame it on luck and the officials, we won’t do that.

“It’s quite unique to play a team over a period of five or six days. The players have a chance to change the mood, to get the feeling. I’m sure they’re very disappointed.

“They played pretty well and dominated the big arts but there was no reward for the performance so they have a chance at Villa Park to fix that.

“I’m not disappointed with the performance tonight, just disappointed that we didn’t take our chances and conceded a sloppy goal.”

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