The Blues boss has outlined concerns relating to the officials and their technology ahead of Sunday’s big clash at Wembley Stadium
Frank Lampard has admitted to concerns that
Manchester United are getting a run of VAR decisions in their favour ahead of Chelsea ‘s FA Cup clash with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at Wembley.
United have had a number of high profile decisions go in their favour this season, the most recent coming on Thursday when Crystal Palace’s Jordan Ayew had a goal ruled out for a marginal offside, before Victor Lindelof appeared to bring down Wilfried Zaha in the box but no penalty was given.
Palace chairman Steve Parrish complained on Twitter, saying “Is VAR broken?”
After Man United’s 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge in February, Lampard complained about VAR ruling out a Kurt Zouma goal and missing a potential Harry Maguire red card incident.
“People said it would favour big teams maybe, because of the pressure or fan influence,” Lampard told reporters on Friday. “But those days are gone. VAR has come in to try and change that, not just favouring teams but just to get the right decision.
“But there is always a human element to VAR, still, and clearly they have to make a decision. The confusing thing about some of the recent ones, and the one on Thursday night, is that it’s a very, very clear and obvious decision that was wrong and didn’t get reviewed and changed.
“A few of those have happened and that is strange. I would like to think that with VAR you have to be level headed. Some might go against you or not, but we seem to be in a period where, in terms of Manchester United, they’ve got a few in their favour. It would be nice if VAR worked in our favour in this one.”
Indeed, Lampard had previously complained that Bruno Fernandes’ penalty against Aston Villa shoudn’t have been given, with VAR not overturning a contentious decision just over a week ago.
It was the third penalty United have won since the restart and Lampard admitted that he will tell his defenders not to dive in against their speedy attack.
“They have to be careful because when players of such high level, quality and speed of the Manchester United forwards travel quickly, you have to move your feet and not dive in on them,” he said.
“That’s an important part of defending at any point in time, but [especially] when you understand the qualities of the opposition, with players like that.
“The players don’t have to give that. As a player, we can talk about VAR decisions and whether they’re right or wrong but if a player is going to dangle a leg and not move their feet, then you obviously do leave yourself open to penalties, VAR or no VAR.”