VAR You for Real? Man Utd Fans Melt Down on Twitter as Mata Goal Is Ruled Offside by VAR

​VAR has been at the heart of a number of controversies since the FA’s decision to use it in all Emirates FA Cup this year. The use of the technology sparked uproar in Liverpool during the Merseyside derby in January, as fans complained that it added a huge level of uncertainty – and unnecessary stoppages – to a massively important game. 

This weekend, VAR and its explicit deficiencies, have reared their ugly head once again. Unlike the Merseyside derby controversy however, fans have pointed to the weirdly drawn offside lines as the point of contention: 

During the first half of Manchester United’s FA Cup clash with Huddersfield Town, a seemingly legitimate Juan Mata goal was ruled out for offside. After VAR deliberation was used however, something in particular caught the eyes of Man Utd fans watching from the comfort of their homes. 

​​Unbelievably, the guy – whoever he is – who draws the offside lines for VAR, can’t actually draw a straight line.

Seriously, just use a ruler the next time guys… 

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Man Utd Confirm Defensive Star Will Return at Huddersfield After 3-Month Absence With Ankle Injury

​Jose Mourinho has revealed that Eric Bailly is fit to return to action and may feature in the club’s FA Cup fifth round tie with Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

The Ivorian has been sidelined since the 1-0 loss to Chelsea in early November, where he picked up an ankle injury. And when speaking to MUTV in his pre-match press conference on Friday, Mourinho gave the news every United fan wanted to hear – while United themselves confirmed the news on their website.

It will be a return to the side which is well received by supporters. The centre-back partnership of Phil Jones and Chris Smalling has been targeted for ​particular criticism in his absence, most recently following the shaky performances of the pair in the shock 1-0 defeat to Newcastle.

Mourinho added that his side must be wary of Saturday’s opponents, saying: ”We did it very, very serious so obviously Huddersfield is a much better team than Yeovil, obviously they have different ambitions.

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”Yeovil wanted to be a giant killer, Huddersfield wants to progress and try to make something beautiful in the cup. 

”So we have to be ready and we played Huddersfield very recently, a couple of weeks ago, we know who they are how they try to play, we lost this season in their stadium so we can’t be caught by surprise.”

Manchester United are clearly taking the FA Cup very seriously this season and will be hoping that Bailly brings some much needed stability to United’s back four.


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You Shall Not Pass: The 8 Goalkeepers With the Most Shutouts in Europe’s Top 5 Leagues This Season

We’re approaching the business end of the league seasons across Europe, with many teams looking to hit their straps ahead of a charge towards domestic and European glory.

Whilst the headlines tend to shift towards the goalscoring match-winners, a lot of the credit should often be redirected to men between the sticks.

We take a look at the 8 goalkeepers across Europe’s 5 highest ranked leagues, who have kept the most clean sheets so far this campaign.

8. Pepe Reina (Napoli) – 14

Former Liverpool stopper Pepe Reina is enjoying a superb season in Italy, with Napoli  charging towards their first Serie A title since 1990.

Gli Azzurri currently sit one point ahead of title rivals Juventus, with the two streets ahead of the chasing pack.

Their sparkling form this season has much to do with their ability to keep clean sheets, with Reina shutting out the opposition 14 times in all competitions so far.

7. Steve Mandanda (Marseille) – 16

Steve Mandanda spent eight years at the Stade Vélodrome before chancing his arm in the Premier League with Crystal Palace back in 2016.

The Frenchman struggled to dislodge Wayne Hennessey in the Palace goal however, and swiftly returned to familiar surroundings after making just nine Premier League appearances.

He has found his spark once more, keeping 16 clean sheets in a highly impressive comeback season for Les Olympiens. His form has helped elevate Marseille up to third in Ligue 1, just a point behind rivals Monaco.

6. Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea) – 16

Chelsea have struggled to maintain the standards set in manager Antonio Conte’s first season, with the Blues’ title defence petering out into a bit of a damp squib.

It’s not all doom and gloom though at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea maintaining the ability to keep a clean sheet when it’s really needed. The continued form of Thibaut Courtois has been a positive, with the Belgian keeping another 16 clean sheets so far this campaign.

His form has not gone unnoticed, with Spanish giants Real Madrid rumoured to be keen on bringing him to the Bernabeu.

5. Ederson (Manchester City) – 16

Manchester City’s hunt for a high-quality ‘sweeper keeper’ appears to have ended with the unearthing of Brazilian stopper Ederson.

The former Benfica man has been a revelation for City this season, impressing with his shot-stopping ability, distribution and all-around composure.

Pep Guardiola’s side are marching towards a third Premier League crown, and have impressed on the Champions League stage this season. Much of their good form has seen them shutout the opposition, with Ederson celebrating 16 clean sheets so far.

4. Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain) – 16

Paris Saint-Germain keeper Alphonse Areola spent three separate loan spells away from the club, before finally getting his chance between the sticks in the French capital.

The 24-year old has firmly established himself as the Parisians number one this season, keeping an impressive 16 clean sheets so far this campaign.

His side continue to dominate Ligue 1, with Monaco languishing 12 points behind in the title race.

3. David De Gea (Manchester United) – 18

Manchester United keeper David De Gea has again been in superb form, often saving Jose Mourinho’s bacon with some top-drawer performances.

The Spaniard has long been a target of Champions League holders Real Madrid, but United have so far resisted selling their prized asset, and it’s not hard to understand why.

De Gea’s positional awareness, superb reflexes and command of his area continue to impress worldwide audiences, with 18 clean sheets kept in 32 first-team appearances this campaign.

2. Marc-André ter Stegen (FC Barcelona) – 18

Barcelona are unbeaten so far in this season’s La Liga, with goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen often a spectator in goal.

The Catalan giants are seven points clear of nearest challengers Atlético Madrid, with arch enemy Real Madrid enjoying a miserable domestic season.

The 25-year old German played understudy during his first two seasons in Spain, but has firmly established him in the upper echelons of goalkeeping ability since then.

His poise, communication and shot-stopping are staple components of his impressive game, helping him to 18 clean sheets in 30 appearances this season. A rather handy defence helps as well though…right?

1. Jan Oblak (Atlético Madrid) – 18

Standout performer and current leader of this shot-stopping celebration is Atlético Madrid keeper Jan Oblak.

The 25-year old, much like Manchester City’s Ederson, is a former graduate of Benfica’s impressive youth academy, with Oblak prospering into one of the finest goalkeepers in the world since then.

The Slovakian has shone since taking over from former loanee Thibaut Courtois in the Atlético goal three seasons ago, being named in the La Liga Team of the Season for the past two campaigns.

He has also won the famed Zamora trophy two years in a row, recognition for his superb goals to game ratio. His outstanding form has continued this season, with Oblak keeping 18 clean sheets in his 29 appearances.

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Bayern Munich Join Manchester United in Race to Sign Coveted Inter Striker Mauro Icardi

Bayern Munich have joined the contest to sign Inter striker Mauro Icardi, according to ​FCInterNews.it.

The Bavarians join the likes of Manchester United, PSG and Real Madrid in wanting the Argentine’s signature, as Inter try to urgently negotiate a new contract for the forward.

The former Sampdoria player has a release clause in his current deal worth €110m but it can only be activated between May and June, which means clubs will need to act hastily if they want to recruit the coveted forward.

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The Italian website exclusively reported that Bayern Munich are the latest side to have made an initial approach for Icardi.

Inter are attempting to get a new contract signed as soon as possible, with reports suggesting that Icardi’s entourage are asking for a salary of £6.5m and want to raise the release clause to £135m.

Reports have recently claimed that ​Manchester United could be lining up a move to bring Icardi to Old Trafford this summer. 

Agent Mino Raiola has helped Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic move to United in recent seasons and he now wants to represent the Argentinian striker.

Icardi started his career with Barcelona’s youth side before making a move to Sampdoria in 2011. Inter signed the striker in 2013 and has gone on to score 96 goals in 170 matches for the club. 

He’s arguably in the best spell of his career this season, scoring 18 times in 22 games in Serie A and helping Inter into the Champions League places in third.

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French Report Claims Pogba ‘Regrets’ Returning to Man Utd Amid Mourinho Fallout Rumours

Paul Pogba is so unhappy with his role at Manchester United that he ‘regrets’ rejoining the side from Juventus two seasons ago, according to reports in France.

The Frenchman is said to be ​displeased with manager Jose Mourinho over his positioning, according to French source L’Equipe (H/T The Sun) as he wants to play on the left side of an attacking midfield three, weirdly.

But Mourinho, of course, is having none of that.

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“I think this country produced a lot of amazing box-to-box players, I had the pleasure to coach some of them, but I think nowadays with some pundits, some agents, some family members, I think the concept of the box-to-box is changing a little bit,” the former Chelsea boss said in defence of his tactics.

“I think now we are going to a different concept of box-to-box. For me with my Portuguese and trying just to translate it to the English, I just think midfield players.

“And, for me, Paul is a midfield player. He is not a left back, he is not a striker. So when people ask what is the best position for Paul to play? Paul is a midfield player.

“He can play with two, he can play with one, he can play with three, but he will be always a midfield player. Doesn’t matter the tactical system the team plays, for me Pogba is a midfield player.”

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Mourinho is also reported as being unimpressed by Pogba’s risky style of play, and him having hauled the player off against Newcastle in the team’s last fixture does suggest that he might be unhappy with the Frenchman as of late.

It would, however, take a lot more for the majority of United fans to believe that Pogba is beginning to find Old Trafford untenable this early into his return.


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