Pundit unhappy after controversial Ings footage emerges at Aston Villa
Kevin Campbell has slammed the officiating in Man United’s win over Aston Villa on Monday night.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Arsenal and Everton striker is appalled by VAR taking “nearly four minutes” to disallow Danny Ings’ second-half strike.
As captured by the BBC (10 January), VAR official Darren England and on-field referee Michael Oliver took over three-and-a-half minutes to rule out the potential goal.
Speaking after the loss, as quoted by The Times (11 January), Steven Gerrard fumed over the time taken to come to the decision.
He argued that it killed his side’s momentum in the match that they lost 1-0.
When asked by Football Insider for his assessment of the decision and time taken to come to it, Campbell said: “I thought they’d equalised.
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“I went out of the room and came back in 5 minutes later and it was 1-0 still. I thought, ‘What the hell is going on?’ I didn’t even realise. In my eyes, it was a perfectly good goal.
“It is one of those for Stevie Gerrard, best to keep quiet. Keep quiet about VAR because you’ll probably say something you shouldn’t.
“To take nearly four minutes to make that decision… Come on now! That is too long. It’s not right.”
Speaking after the final whistle, Gerrard said: “We were pushing for an equaliser, we had the momentum and were in a good place at the time and that 3½ minutes took a lot of sting out of the game.
“I don’t think anyone in the stadium knew what was going on.”