BT Sport viewers are saying the same thing about Liverpool FC great Steve McManaman’s commentary for Man Utd vs PSG
Ten wins from the Norwegian’s first 11 games since his return to the club have fans feelings buoyant to the point that supporters are even hopeful they can beat Paris Saint-Germain and book a spot in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Injuries to key players such as Edinson Cavani and Neymar coupled with United ’s strong form this year means there was a sense of optimism heading into tonight’s game but for some viewers at home, that energy was sucked out of the room when they turned on their TVs and heard Steve McManaman on commentary.
The former Liverpool and Real Madrid winger was chosen to help oversee the events for Tuesday night’s game on BT Sport.
But a comment from McManaman in the 37th minute left some viewers at home scratching their heads.
Angel di Maria was flagged for offside after being set through on goal but McManaman questioned why it took so long for the linesman to raise his flag.
Commentator Darren Fletcher then explained that with the new VAR rules, linesmen were instructed to delay their decisions in order to allow play to continue.
McManaman then tried to flip it around as if he had understood the situation, saying: “We understand it, it’s the person who’s just walked into the stadium late who doesn’t understand the rules of VAR yet.”
Viewers at home were not impressed.
How is Steve McManaman having the new offside/VAR protocol explained to him ON AIR?
— Graham Ruthven (@grahamruthven) February 12, 2019
Mcmanaman, clearly misunderstanding how VAR works, then pretending he knew all along and was just worried that the people at home didn't.
— St. Mirren Shiny (@stmirrenshiny) February 12, 2019
“WE understand it” says Steve McManaman, who five seconds earlier clearly did not understand it.
— Sean Leahy (@seanrleahy) February 12, 2019
Enjoyed the commentator patronising McManaman there
— Nick (@ManUnitedYouth) February 12, 2019
"We understand it" says Steve McManaman, immediately after not understanding it.
— Eck's gon give it to ya (@vitrioleck) February 12, 2019
Who exactly walks into a football stadium late on the 36th minute Steve McManaman??? #MUPSG
— Ben Underwood (@bmunderwood1) February 12, 2019
Steve McManaman pretending it's the crowd that doesn't understand VAR #MUNPSG
— Law of Murphy (@7even11s) February 12, 2019
Steve McManaman trying, and failing, to sound like he knows exactly how VAR is being implemented tonight. Great entertainment.
— James Harris (@JamesCHarris97) February 12, 2019
Considering the cost of BT Sport, it would be nice if the co-commentator actually had a clue about what’s going on. Steve McManaman’s lack of knowledge on VAR / offside flag baffling. Literally getting paid to be an “expert”.
— James Gordon (@jdgsport) February 12, 2019