Steven Gerrard pointed to the time taken for VAR control who turned down Danny Ings’ strike on Aston Villa’s FA Cup exit to Manchester United but declined to blame him for the loss.
It took more than three and a half minutes for VAR Darren England and field referee Michael Oliver to decide that Jacob Ramsey’s block on Edinson Cavani in preparation for Ings’ arrival had been both out. -game and interfering with play, raising questions about the “clear and obvious” threshold required for the video maker to overturn a decision.
With the goal denied, Villa suffered a narrow defeat thanks to Scott McTominay’s header, excluding them from the FA Cup in Gerrard’s first game in the competition as manager.
Asked about the decision he said BBC Sport: “How much time do you have? The officials took three and a half minutes to sort this out. They looked at a couple of things in it.
“When VAR is there and he makes a decision, you have to accept it. There is nothing you can do to change it. The easy way out is to blame luck and the officials, we won’t.
“It’s very difficult. We came out of the FA Cup and when I got there, I saw this competition as an opportunity to have a good run.
“The guys gave a lot in terms of performances but we have to learn and close the gap from a performance that was almost good enough. We dominated for big games but we weren’t ruthless enough.
“I’ve seen enough performance tonight to know I can get to where I want to go, but we have to learn and learn quickly. We have to be more ruthless to move forward, to defend crosses, we have to need to be tighter.
“We can’t have people with free heads in our six-meter box. What we need to sort out is pretty clear and we will do it in the short term.”
Timeline: Why did Ings’ goal take more than three minutes to tip over?
- 49:57 – Danny Ings pushes the ball past David De Gea and apparently equalizes for Aston Villa
- 50:55 – It is announced that a VAR review is underway to check for possible offside
- 51:34 – TV footage shows England checking to see if the ball hit Ollie Watkins ahead of Ings – which would have considered him offside
- 52:45 – Oliver signals that he has been tasked with seeing the VAR monitor to judge whether Ramsey’s block on Cavani is offside
- 53:34 – After explaining his decision to Villa captain Tyrone Mings, Oliver refuses the goal
Rangnick pleased with reaction to Wolves loss
Ralf Rangnick felt his United side reacted positively to the loss to Wolves in their last game, and was pleased with the way they came to the win after a number of Villa near misses earlier in the game. .
“I think we showed a reaction after the Wolves game, that’s what everyone expected of us,” he said. BBC Sport.
“We knew it would be very difficult against Villa. In the first half I thought we did well. It could have been 3-2 or 4-3 for us at half-time.
“In the second half we were on the counter attack and we could have done more of these situations. We sometimes made the wrong decisions, but when we went to a diamond in the middle of the field we had more control.
“In the last 20 minutes we had more control. We fought well as a team when it was important. In the end it was a good win. It was our goal, to move on to the next round.”
The German reiterated his priority on keeping the sheets clean as United recorded their third shutout since joining, and praised David De Gea who kept a number of opportunities presentable at Villa in both halves .
He said: “We have to make the squad a clear team and it was another one today, but David de Gea was still exceptional for me today.
“I wish he had fewer saves overall, I think we had four or five shots on goal, but again we can still improve even in this area.”
Rangnick is unsure of Rashford’s struggles
Rangnick is unsure why Marcus Rashford is struggling to make an impact after the striker struggles against Villa.
The England international was guilty of poor decision-making during the game and some met his replacement with sarcastic cheers.
When asked why the academy graduate was underachieving, interim manager Rangnick said, “Actually, I don’t know. I think he tries hard. In training, he’s been doing well the last few days, which is why he was rightly in the starting XI.
“I think in the first half we found him quite often, but we also tried to get him into the box. In the second half it wasn’t often and it is why at the end of the match I decided to make two changes with Anthony Elanga and Jesse Lingard.
“It was very important to move on to the next round. Yes [confidence is important] especially for forwards – it is important that they score goals intermittently, that there are moments of success.
“Of course it would be good, for example, for Marcus if he could score a goal, but as long as he tries, as long as he trains well, I don’t see too much of a problem.”
United flatters to cheat again
Oliver Yew from Sky Sports:
“It was a job done for Manchester United, but just barely!
Steven Gerrard will be scratching his head on the Old Trafford return bus, wondering how his team didn’t get something out of this entertaining FA Cup encounter.
“Villa were by far the better team as they repeatedly walked through Manchester United, just as Wolves did when they won at Old Trafford in the Premier League a week ago as Ralf Rangnick’s failures at the in recent weeks have reappeared.
McTominay and Fred may have combined for what turned out to be United’s game-winning goal in the early stages, but time and time again United have been passed in the middle of the park as Villa put pressure on the hosts .
“Home fan frustration was evident as the passes got lost and Villa continued to dominate the game, and on another day Gerrard’s men would have had their payoff.
“However, it had to be United’s day as they stood firm for a well-deserved victory to ease the pressure on Rangnick slightly.”