United confident ahead of crucial week - Matic

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic believes the 2-0 FA Cup fifth-round victory over Huddersfield Town was an important confidence boost for the team.

But the long delay for the decision to be confirmed, in addition to the freakish irregular lines on the graphic shown by broadcasters, led to criticism of the VAR technology, which is being trialled in the FA Cup.

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While the visiting team celebrated in what they thought was 2-0 scoreline right before half-time, referee Kevin Friend listened to his earpiece for the VAR input and disallowed the goal as offside.

"When I was told by the doctor this morning that he was not coming, I don't want to know anything else - I have to think who is going to replace him, what I am going to do because we worked hard during the week".

"To confirm, the VAR saw the correct image with the correct lines to make the decision".

"Yes, the decision went in our favour but this VAR for me kills the emotion of the game", said Wagner.

I think it's an experimental period. A delay in referring the decision was exacerbated as the lines used to help the video official decipher offside decisions appeared to be far from straight.

"I hope that we can see a great football game, and that we get a good score for the second leg at Old Trafford, in front of our crowd".

"I don't know", said Mourinho when asked about the nature of Pogba's illness.

"This was a case of the wrong image being provided to the broadcaster and we apologise".

"It was a good combination between two players who you can see haven't played too long together but you can see there is something special between them and that is always positive", Martinez said.

The goal was originally allowed by the referee and it took a considerable amount of time for the decision to be reversed.

Romelu Lukaku's habit of not celebrating goals has left former striker Chris Sutton confused.

For a technology still under trial and very much novel to the footballing audience, perception is everything.

  • Stacy Allen