Hackett: Pogba could have had red card for Man United controversy missed by VAR
VAR should have overturned Mason Greenwood’s goal for Man United in their 1-0 win over Wolves, according to Keith Hackett.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League and FIFA referee suggested Paul Pogba could have been given a red card for his challenge on Ruben Neves in the build up to the goal.
Pogba and Neves challenged a loose ball that found its way to Raphael Varane who played in Greenwood who finished in trademark fashion.
The goal proved decisive as Wolves continue their search for their first points of the season as United remain unbeaten.
“Being honest, I shared Mike Dean’s view initially,” Hackett told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“I’m thinking he’s in a good position, he’s seen it, there wasn’t a great overreaction from the players.
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“Then you get the replay. If this replay is available to VAR, then VAR should have come in. This is a clear and obvious error. Pogba‘s come in and at the minimum it’s reckless.
“When you consider it’s excessive force and endangered the safety of an opponent then it may tick over into a red.
“But I would say, on balance, it’s a yellow card offence, not a red.
“It was missed by VAR which was not good. There needs to be a review process, within the system, that says incidents like this should be dealt with.
“The goal should have been ruled out and Pogba should have been yellow carded.
“The first thing I do is ‘Where’s the referee?’ Dean was in close proximity to play and it’s only when you see the other angle that you say ‘Hang on a minute, why wasn’t it reviewed?’
“Has the VAR operator gone into this mode of a lighter touch and therefore not acted?
“It was missed and it was a bad miss. The opposition had every right to moan about it post-match.”