Cape Town - Manchester
United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that he is in favour of the
Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system and feels mostly positive about it.
The Red Devils will play in their first VAR-supported game on
Saturday when they travel to Huddersfield Town for an FA Cup
fourth-round clash, and Mourinho is looking forward to seeing the
technology in action.
VAR's detractors have speculated that the new technology will lead to
football being slowed down too much, and take away from the sport as a
free-flowing spectacle. However, Mourinho would be delighted to see more
correct decisions being made with the system.
He told MUTV: "When people ask us if we like it, if we don’t like it,
if we agree with it or don’t agree with it, I think honestly it’s a
question for the referees.
"They want to perform the best they can, they don’t like to make
mistakes. And sometimes they make mistakes because it’s a human mistake
and you cannot go over it unless you have some technological support.
"So if the referees are happy with that technological support, then yes, let’s go for the VAR.
"I think, from my perspective, I like the feeling.
"Of course they need adjustments. They need to make sure that they
don’t change the dynamic of the game too much, the emotion of the game
too much – people waiting a couple of minutes to know if they can jump
(and celebrate) because it was a goal.
"But from my professional perspective, I like the feeling of a right
decision is coming. It’s a penalty or not a penalty, it’s handball or
not handball, it’s a red card or not a red card. I think a fair decision
is a feeling that I like."