Whelan can't believe what he spotted in Tottenham v Man United clash: I've had enough
The Premier League needs to follow the lead of Rugby League after the VAR debate was re-ignited following Sunday’s clash between Tottenham and Manchester United.
That’s according to former Leeds United man Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about a Man United goal being disallowed in the first half of Sunday’s game.
Midway through the first half, Son Heung-Min went to ground after Scott McTominay caught his face with a flailing arm before Edinson Cavani put the ball into the Spurs net.
The Uruguayan thought he’d opened the scoring but VAR brought the play back to give a free-kick to Spurs for McTominay’s foul.
Whelan was shocked by what he saw and begged the Premier League to take a leaf out of rugby’s book when it comes to having a VAR system.
“There have been times where I’ve seen goals disallowed and honestly, I’m losing patience with referees and VAR,” Whelan told Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs.
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“It’s not working, there are some tweaks that have got to be used and I always come back to ‘use common sense’.
“It’s becoming too frustrating and too much of a talking point, it’s taken the focus away from two good teams playing a game of football and that’s the disappointing thing.
“Rugby league have got it right, I don’t know why we can’t get it right. It’s so inconsistent that it becomes confusing to everybody, that’s the problem.”
Man United went on to win the game 3-1 as goals from Fred, Cavani and Mason Greenwood dented Spurs’ hopes of finishing in the top four.
Tottenham travel to Goodison Park on Friday looking to beat fellow top four hopefuls Everton, after losing 5-4 in the same fixture in the FA Cup back in February.