Ten Hag calls for discussions on VAR

Friday 10 November 2023 17:15

Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has had his say about VAR, urging managers to come together to speak with PGMOL about the current issues.

Although the boss is not happy that a series of decisions appear to have adversely affected the Reds this term, he wants talks to be held behind closed doors in a bid to raise the standards and improve the use of the new technology.

Ten Hag was asked by MUTV's Mark Sullivan at Carrington, ahead of Saturday's Premier League match with Luton Town, if he was frustrated by the way subjective calls seemed to be going against his side.

“Yes, but I think as managers collectively, we have to talk with the PGMOL to improve football and togetherness and find solutions and togetherness," he told us. "Not debate it in public.”

Erik ten Hag gives his view on VAR in his MUTV interview.

There have been numerous frustrations for United over the course of the campaign, in both the Premier League and Europe.

Some rival managers have been vocal about the current situation regarding the video reviews and also the time it is taking to come to decisions, and there have been complaints raised, particularly by match-going fans about the current level of intrusion, delays and lack of clarity over what is happening.

Officiating has been dominating the agenda of late but Ten Hag believes the discussion needs to take place privately, between the managers and PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials), despite the media frenzy.

Formed in 2001, the PGMOL group officiate across the Premier League, Football League and Football Association competitions, with Howard Webb its chief refereeing officer.

In our last match, in the UEFA Champions League, Marcus Rashford's controversial red card, when we were 2-0 up at FC Copenhagen, helped change the course of the game and a debatable handball call against Harry Maguire was upheld. 

Although we did benefit for the award of Bruno Fernandes's penalty in the second half, Erik felt the Danish side's opener should have been ruled out for offside.

Look out for the full club media interview with Erik ten Hag from 08:00 GMT on Saturday.