Savage insists VAR could not overturn Man Utd vs Liverpool decision after Tottenham error | Football | Sport
Robbie Savage insists the goal Manchester United scored in the first half against Liverpool rightfully stood – because VAR could not overturn their decision after an error made in Tottenham’s draw with Watford.
In the 36th minute, Marcus Rashford tapped in from Daniel James’ cross to put United – rare underdogs against Liverpool at Old Trafford – 1-0 up.
But VAR reviewed the goal for an apparent foul on Divock Origi from Victor Lindelof at the start of United’s counter-attack.
While Sky Sports commentator Gary Neville thought it was a foul and expected the goal to be ruled out due to contact on Origi’s left leg, referee Martin Atkinson allowed it to stand after hearing from the Stockley Park VAR hub in his ear.
Liverpool fans fumed at the decision, and then had a goal ruled out from VAR themselves minutes later as the ball struck Sadio Mane’s hand before he fired past David de Gea.
But BBC Radio 5 Live pundit and ex-United youth player Savage insists it was only right that the Red Devils’ opener was ruled as legal.
And he thinks so because of a decision made in Tottenham’s 1-1 draw with Watford 24 hours earlier.
Then, the Hornets were not given a penalty despite the match officials consulting VAR, with Quique Sanchez Flores fuming post-match: “It’s very clear, it’s a penalty. I have no idea what they reviewed, I don’t know how they work.”
That was after Jan Vertonghen brought down Gerard Delofeu, seemingly making no contact whatsoever with the ball as he felled the Watford forward in the 38th minute.
Savage declared after the controversy at Old Trafford: “If they didn’t give Watford a penalty yesterday, they can’t overturn that one.
“Jan Vertonghen fouled Gerard Deulofeu, it was a stonewall penalty.
“There’s a high bar, there’s got to be consistency.
“That might have been a foul by Victor Lindelof but it wasn’t a clear and obvious foul.”
Former United defender Neville: “I’ve had this problem with VAR all season, I’ve said the bar is too high.
“It’s a foul, but Man Utd don’t care and Jurgen Klopp is absolutely livid.
“I think he’ll also be livid with his team because they haven’t started well and they’ve somewhat got what they deserved in the sense that Man Utd have been better, they’ve been faster, but there is controversy.”
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