VAR rescues Man United: Aston Villa’s unrecognized FA Cup goal sparkes anger among fans and scientists

Manchester United defeated Aston Villa 1-0 at Old Trafford in the FA Cup, but the Red Devils can be considered lucky for many reasons.

Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa team got into a hostile environment and showed an admirable performance, put United under pressure throughout the match and on many occasions approached scoring, including two unauthorized goals. One of them was expelled from VAR and it infuriated the fans of Vila.

This decision was ultimately crucial as United struggled to survive and advanced to the fourth round of the FA Cup with victory. Aston Villa leaves the competition only in the third round, which is a disappointment for Gerrard & Co., who were more than looking forward to the game.

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Why was Danny Ings’ goal not recognized?

In the 54th minute, Danny Ings had the ball in the back of the net on the standard and Aston Villa seemed to have scored a 1 – 1 equalizer.

VAR checked the goal for a potential offside on Ollie Watkins, who seemed to have been hitting Ings before the goal because Watkins seemed to be offside. VAR first cleared the goal and found that Watkins had not touched, but the inspection did not end there.

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VAR official Darren England noticed that the man who called Ings, Edinson Cavani, was very clearly blocked by Jacob Ramsey of Aston Villa in a well-executed guessing game. After a very long review, referee Michael Oliver talked to both captains for a long time before signaling the offside to the spectators on the spot and watching at home. The signal was confusing, because at first it seemed that the offside had been ruled out. But the offside was recalled to Jacob Ramsey.

In the end, Ramsey was in an offside position when the ball was delivered and then influenced the game with his Cavani block. Whether the game was a foul or not, Ramsey was involved in the game and therefore his position outside the game triggered the flag.

Response to VAR decisions

More than anger, there was an overwhelming sense of confusion among the fans present at Old Trafford and among spectators from around the world.

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Most people thought that the decision was due to a foul by Ramsey blocking Cavani, and that people on both sides of the famous fence had their opinions.


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