Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes VAR is a “big mess” every weekend in the Premier League after seeing the Sheffield United 2-0 defeat on Sunday.
After a restrained penalty in the first half, Gardioula’s side opened the scoring in a controversial way as Sergio Aguero found the back of the net after an interference by referee Chris Kavanagh.
The goal was allowed to stand despite Sheffield’s protests, and the Manchester City coach himself appeared to suggest that his team had benefited from inconsistent use of the VAR.
“I have said many times that I have a huge list for VAR. Every weekend is a big mess,” Guardiola told Sky Sports.
“In other games it was a big mess. Hopefully next season can do better.”
A second goal by Kevin De Bruyne in the 82nd minute ended the win for City, with three points leaving them 14 points behind the Liverpool champions, who beat Wolverhampton 1-0 earlier in the day.
Sheffield were themselves to deny the spring goal on Sunday, after VAR admitted that Lys Mousset was out, with Blades coach Chris Wilder feeling his side have been consistently tough this season.
“Again we had another goal that was banned by VAR, that is about eight or nine at the weekend, this is not a situation that helps the game and the small margins,” Wilder told BBC Sport.
“But I’ll leave this up for everyone to talk about, because I’ve said too much about it.”
Sheffield had five goals excluded by VAR in the Premier League this season, more than any other side of the match.
In the opener of the city, Wilder added that it is a mistake to betray and that the referee should have made the “sensible decision” to exclude the goal.
“I’ve gone to see the referee and he was honest about it, we’re making mistakes and I think he did,” he said. “It’s going fast and I think he could help his colleagues a little bit.
“We are talking about the new rule, where if the referee touches the ball then he has to blow up, so if he is in the way and blocks us then he makes a reasonable decision.
“If he had [had] made the sensible decision, then I don’t think anyone on the ground would have said anything about it.”
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