Steven Gerrard highlighted the time taken for the VAR check that canceled Danny Ings’ strike in Aston Villa’s FA Cup exit at Manchester United, but refused to blame him for the defeat.
It took more than three and a half minutes for VAR Darren England and referee Michael Oliver to decide that Jacob Ramsey’s block on Edinson Cavani in Ings’ finish line preparation had been both offside and interfered with play, raising doubts. on the “clear and obvious” threshold needed by the video official to overturn a decision.
With the goal nullified, Villa fell to a narrow defeat due to Scott McTominay’s first header, leaving them out of the FA Cup in Gerrard’s first game in the competition as a manager.
When asked about the decision, he said BBC Sport: “How much time do you have? The referees took three and a half minutes to fix that. They looked at it two or three things.
“When there is VAR and they make a decision you have to accept it. There is nothing you can do to change it. The simplest way out is to blame luck and referees, we won’t.
“It is very difficult. We are out of the FA Cup and entering this job I saw this competition as an opportunity to have a good race.
“The guys have given a lot in terms of performance but we have to learn and close the gap from a performance that was almost good enough. We dominated to a large extent but weren’t ruthless enough.
“I’ve seen enough in terms of performance tonight to know that I can get where I want, but we have to learn and learn quickly. We have to be more ruthless going forward, defending crosses we have to be tighter.
“We can’t have people with clear headers in our six-yard box. It’s pretty clear what we need to iron out and we’ll do it in the short term.”
Timeline: Why did Ings’ goal take more than three minutes to roll over?
- 49:57 – Danny Ings pushed the ball past David De Gea and equalized for Aston Villa
- 50:55 – It has been announced that a review of the VAR is underway to verify a possible offside
- 51:34 – Television images show England checking if the ball hit Ollie Watkins before Ings, which would have deemed him offside
- 52:45 – Oliver gestures that he has been instructed to watch the VAR monitor to judge if Ramsey’s wall on Cavani is offside
- 53:34 – After explaining his decision to Villa captain Tyrone Mings, Oliver disallows the goal
Rangnick satisfied with the reaction after the defeat of the wolves
Ralf Rangnick felt that his United side reacted positively to the defeat to Wolves in the last game and was pleased with the way they viewed victory after a series of near misses by Villa at the start of the match.
“I think we showed a reaction after the Wolves game, that’s what everyone expected from us,” he said. BBC Sport.
“We knew that against Villa it would be very difficult. In the first half I thought I did well. At the interval it could have been 3-2 or 4-3 for us.
“In the second half we were on the counterattack and could have done more of those situations. We made the wrong decisions sometimes but when we switched to a diamond in midfield we had more control.
“In the last 20 minutes we had more control. We fought well as a team together when it was important. In the end it was a good win. That was our goal, to move on to the next round.”
The German reiterated his priority of keeping a clean sheet when United recorded his third ban since his arrival and praised David De Gea who kept out a series of presentable Villa opportunities both halves.
He said: “We have to turn the team into a clean team and that was another one today, but even today David de Gea was again exceptional for me.
“I wish he had fewer saves in total, I think we have four or five shots on goal but once again we can still improve in that area too.”
Rangnick is unsure of Rashford’s fights
Rangnick isn’t sure why Marcus Rashford is struggling to make an impact after the striker struggled against Villa.
The England international was guilty of some bad decisions during the match and some greeted his replacement with sarcastic cheers.
Asked why the academy graduate was not performing well, Interim Manager Rangnick said, “Actually I don’t know. I think he’s putting in a lot of effort. In training he was doing well for the past couple of days, that’s why. it was rightly in the starting XI.
“I think we found him quite often in the first half, but we also tried to get him into the box. In the second half it wasn’t that often and that’s why at the end of the game I decided to make two changes with Anthony Elanga and Jesse Lingard.
“It was very important to move on to the next round. Yes [confidence is important] especially for the forwards: it is important that they score intermittently, that there are moments of success.
“Of course it would be good for Marcus, for example, if he could score a goal, but as long as he tries, as long as he trains well I don’t see a big problem.”
More flattering united to deceive again
Oliver Yew of Sky Sport:
“It was a job done for Manchester United, but only fair!
“Steven Gerrard will be left scratching his head on the bus to get home from Old Trafford, wondering how his team didn’t get something out of this fun FA Cup draw.
“Villa was by far the best team when they went through Manchester United over and over again, just as the Wolves did in their Old Trafford Premier League win a week ago when Ralf Rangnick’s team failures reappeared. in the last weeks .
“McTominay and Fred may have teamed up for what turned out to be United’s winning goal in the early stages, but several times United were invaded in the middle of the park as Villa built up pressure on the hosts.
“The frustrations of the home fans were evident when the passes went astray and Villa continued to dominate the game and, on a different day, Gerrard’s men would have their reward.
“However, it had to be United’s day as they held out for a much needed win to ease the pressure on Rangnick slightly.”