Romelu Lukaku at the double as Man Utd overcome VAR…

Doug Mendoza
February 21, 2018

Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Manchester United beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 to advance into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup on Saturday despite fresh controversy surrounding the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system.

After a lengthy delay, during which rival managers Mourinho and Wagner chatted amiably, the VAR ruled that Mata was "leaning offside" and disallowed the "goal".

"A technical error led to an incorrect graphic being provided by Hawkeye to BT Sport on Saturday", a statement from Hawkeye, who also provide ball-tracking technology in cricket and tennis, said on Sunday.

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And Lee Satchell, a pioneer in the field and the man dubbed "Mr VAR", has confirmed all their decisions are indeed made through Paint.

"Saturday made me wonder how far we can trust the technology to arrive at incontestable decisions, which is odd given that is the point of it", the former head of Premier League referees, Keith Hackett, wrote in the Telegraph newspaper.

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In fact, all but one of his 12 Premier League goals this season have been scored against teams now in the bottom half.

"I hope that we can see a great football game, and that we get a good score for the second leg at Old Trafford, in front of our crowd".

"I brought two kids (Ethan Hamilton and Angel Gomes) that played 90 minutes yesterday (for the under-23s) because I don't have another player".

"Technology can help football to be more fair, especially nowadays when it seems that the result is the only thing that matters", he added.

Pogba was conspicuous by his absence for the FA Cup tie given the week had been dominated by speculation over his relationship with Mourinho.

Lukaku was an immediate hit when he joined the Red Devils in a £75million move from Everton last summer - scoring 11 goals in his first ten games for his new club.

Matic, 29, said he wanted the VAR to be part of the game, but the Serbian midfielder was unhappy with how long it took to make the decision.

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