Chris Wilder has admitted in his press conference – as per Football London – that lady luck shone on Sheffield United as Michael Oliver made a surprise VAR decision to disallow Harry Kane’s first-half strike for Tottenham.
Wilder’s Blades ran out 3-1 winners on Thursday evening but it could have been a very different game. Sander Berge gave Sheffield United the lead, only for Kane to instantly score an equaliser after good work from Lucas Moura.
But VAR disallowed that equaliser. With Moura fouled, he accidentally handled before the ball made its way to Kane who netted. The score remained 1-0, and Sheffield United then scored through Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie.
Kane did manage to get his name on the score sheet but only with a consolation strike and after the match, Wilder admitted his side got away with one – though Sheffield United were considerably better on the night.
“We are the unofficial champions of Europe on goals going against us. I totally understand the frustration of the manager and his players. We’ve had the run of the green on that one tonight,” Wilder said.
TBR’s view – Complete lack of common sense
Yes, Moura’s arm does touch the ball before it squirms to England skipper Kane. Should that rule the goal out? No. Perhaps VAR and Oliver – who made the decision at Stockley Park – should be blamed, but so should the ruling.
The law needs to be changed. Common sense and benefit of doubt must be considered in decisions such as these. A goal like this should stand 10 times out of 10, and Oliver needed to show he understands the games.
Instead, it may cost Spurs the chance to qualify for the Champions League. Wilder’s comments will only frustrate Spurs fans further, given the opposition manager had openly admitted the decision was a wrong one.