Former Premier League referee Mike Dean feels VAR was correct not to overturn Nottingham Forest’s red card at Old Trafford because Willy Boly’s covering position was in doubt.
Joe Worrall was sent a straight red card midway through the second half after being adjudged to be the last man as United advanced. However, there was some doubt following Stuart Attwell’s ruling because Boly appeared to be protecting his center-back teammate.
Worrall would have received a yellow card if Boly was assessed to be in a position to cover. VAR considered how near the Ivorian was and eventually decided it was the correct choice.
Dean explained why the officials made the correct decision to send the Forest player out as a guest on Sky Sports’ Soccer Saturday.
“Yeah, that’s 100%,” he said. Willy Boly is near; he could make it, but there is too much skepticism about his ability to do so.
“When you freezeframe the actual contact, the next thing the Manchester United player has to do is have a shot on goal.” They’ve made a decision, the correct one in the end.
“VAR looked into it, considered everything, and made the correct decision.”
United would use their extra man advantage moments after the red card, with the score tied at 2-2.
Marcus Rashford was hauled down in the box, resulting in a penalty. With the game on the line, captain Bruno Fernandes stepped up to put United ahead for the first time.