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Manchester United’s stance on VAR revealed as Premier League clubs prepare for vote



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Manchester United’s stance on VAR has been revealed ahead of the Premier League’s vote on whether to keep the technology in the league next season.

Last month, Wolves initiated an unprecedented vote among top-flight clubs, arguing that VAR was harming the relationship between fans and the sport and that the technology was “at odds with the spirit of the game.”

It was then explained that Premier League clubs were set to hold the vote at their annual general meeting on a proposal to abolish the system from the start of the 2024/25 campaign.

With the meeting set to take place on 6 June, details of the upcoming decision have been revealed in a new article by The Times.

The outlet stated that the Premier League clubs – including United – are poised to vote in favour of keeping VAR at the division’s upcoming meeting, with a focus on improving the criticised system rather than demolishing it.

VAR was introduced in the Premier League in the 2019/20 season and there has since been major opposition to it from fans, pundits, managers and even players.

One of the largest issues is the experience of match-going fans, with poor communication and lengthy delays impacting celebrations.

Another problem is that there are still major human errors being made despite the technology. There seems to be more discussion about refereeing decisions than ever before.

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However, there is a belief among the English top-flight clubs that the system can be improved, and that appears to be the stance that United have taken as well.

The aforementioned report added that the general consensus among other clubs, including Manchester United, is that the system should remain, albeit with improvements.

United centre-back Harry Maguire has argued that the system should only be used for offside decisions going forward, as those are not subjective calls.

“Personally, I would keep VAR but for offsides only,” he told The Sun. “I would scrap it for everything that is opinion-based.

“Offsides are factual and not subjective. It is so difficult to lose a game on an offside goal when a player is two or three yards offside.”