Manchester United’s Erik ten Hag questions inconsistent VAR
Erik ten Hag slammed using VAR within the Premier League as “inconsistent” after Casemiro was despatched off for a second time in his Manchester United profession.
The midfielder was proven a purple card for a excessive problem on Carlos Alcaraz throughout the 0-0 draw with Southampton on Sunday after referee Anthony Taylor was suggested to seek the advice of the pitchside monitor by VAR Andre Marriner.
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Ten Hag was incensed by the choice, notably after Leicester City defender Ricardo Pereira escaped punishment for the same problem on Chelsea’s Joao Felix on Saturday.
Ten Hag additionally thought United ought to have had a penalty when Armel Bella-Kotchap appeared to deal with Marcus Rashford’s cross within the penalty space.
“What I think is the inconsistency, players don’t know anymore what is the policy,” Ten Hag mentioned. “I think, all across, you see this weekend Leicester versus Chelsea, VAR is not coming on the line [the pitchside monitor].
“Today, it’s approaching the road, and immediately two penalty conditions, they do not come on the road. I feel particularly the primary, it’s clear and apparent handball. So, what’s the coverage?”
Casemiro has now been sent off in two of his past three Premier League appearances after being shown a red card for an altercation with Crystal Palace midfielder Will Hughes in February.
The Brazilian is set to miss United’s next four domestic games, but in his postmatch news conference, Ten Hag was keen to defend the 31-year-old former Real Madrid star.
“There is one other one inconsistent, the refereeing is coming in the beginning of the season with a coverage: ‘We are [the] Premier League; we’re going robust and wish depth,'” Ten Hag added. “Casemiro is throughout European leagues in over 500 video games and he had by no means a [straight] purple card, and now he has twice. He performs robust, however he performs truthful. Also on this he’s taking part in truthful. Also in opposition to Crystal Palace. It could be very debatable.
“Everyone who knows something about football — when you freeze, it looks bad — but everyone who knows something about football, they know what is bad and what is fair. Casemiro is a really fair player, tough but fair. It shows, over 500 games in big leagues, never sent off.”