Matic calls for quicker VAR decisions: 'It needs to take 30 seconds'

Matic calls for quicker VAR decisions: 'It needs to take 30 seconds'

Javier Howell
February 21, 2018

However, his brace against Huddersfield during United's 2-0 victory in their FA Cup fifth-round tie on Saturday took his goalscoring tally to 21 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions this season.

The decision did not prove crucial, with the visitors going on to win 2-0 at the John Smith's Stadium in the fifth round of the FA Cup, and it has not put the Spain worldwide off the system.

The Spaniard latched onto Ashley Young's inside pass and rounded keeper Jonas Lössl to put the visitors 2-0 up on the stroke of half time, only for referee Kevin Friend to refer the decision to Neil Swarbrick, who after some considerable time declared the goal to be offside.

Romelu Lukaku's two goals either side of half-time ensured United progress to the quarter-finals where they will play Brighton at Old Trafford.

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

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

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Lukaku made the Terriers' high line pay with his pace and power for both of his goals, and Wagner says United's high quality was the deciding factor in the end. "If they find a way in the VAR that the VAR is always right and always brings the truth, I'm happy with that".

"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". Two minutes is a long time on the pitch but I think, overall, it will be good for football.

"Hopefully it will be quicker as well, but I think it will be good for football to be a bit more fair".

The Manchester United midfielder continued: "Technology can help football to be more fair, especially nowadays when it seems that the result is the only thing that matters [we could write a whole book on this subject]".

Lukaku answered some of his critics by scoring two stunning goals to knock Huddersfield out of the FA Cup on Saturday.