Keith Hackett has admitted that he was “delighted” to see VAR intervene to deny Manchester United a late penalty in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Friday evening. 

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former FIFA referee claimed that he was “surprised” to see official John Moss point to the spot in the first place following an apparent foul from Eric Dier on Bruno Fernandes in the closing stages of the clash.

A video review of the incident led to the decision being overturned, with the Portugal international looking to have greatly exaggerated the contact between himself and the Spurs defender.

But while Hackett was pleased to see justice served, he is also of the belief that referees should be making a greater effort to review VAR footage themselves through the use of pitchside monitors.

Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “John Moss, despite being relatively close to the play, didn’t have a good viewing angle, so I was surprised that he pointed to the spot.

“When I saw the replay, I was delighted that VAR intervened and changed the decision.

“Although that is the right decision I would still have preferred John Moss to go to the screen and view the incident himself, rather than have someone from Stockley Park officiating the game and making such a big call.”

Dier had already conceded one penalty in the match after fouling Paul Pogba following with a clumsy coming together in the 81st minute.

The result leaves Mourinho’s men eighth in the Premier League table, nine points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.

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