Manchester United were to thank VAR for their progress to the fourth round of the FA Cup, after a controversial decision masked a terrible second-half performance in a 1-0 win over Aston Villa.

United took the lead thanks to Scott McTominay, when his midfielder partner Fred threw a fantastic ball and Scotland had the simple task of throwing it in the net.

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McTominay gave his team the lead from the start

For some reason, Danny Ings' goal was ruled out

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For some reason, Danny Ings’ goal was ruled out

Steven Gerrard’s side believed they were tied just after half-time as ex-Liverpool player Danny Ings planted the ball in the net from a free kick.

However, after a lengthy VAR check, referee Michael Oliver appeared to rule out the goal for a Jacob Ramsey foul on Edinson Cavani but there was confusion even among the players as to why he was refused.

Ings put the ball back in the net five minutes later but, again, the goal was called off, this time for offside.

TalkSPORT’s Micky Gray called the second-half performance “deplorable” after disappointing performances by most of the Red Devils.

They were saved by VAR and its use by the referee, something Gray criticized heavily after Villa’s disallowed goal.

He said, live on talkSPORT: “We’re sitting here, we have a little monitor with us and we can see what’s going on. “

The referee was checking the VAR monitor for more than three minutes

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The referee was checking the VAR monitor for more than three minutes

“He didn’t even have to go to the monitor,” he added.

“Stockley Park should have known he was offside, they should have told him to give it a free kick.

“It delayed the game by three or four minutes and that’s what we don’t like about VAR. “

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