Scott McTominay vents his frustrations on VAR

Scott McTominay was angered by the officiating in their loss to Paris Saint-Germain which leaves their hopes of progressing to knockout stages hanging in balance. Manchester United, who started the night as group leaders are now equal on points with Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig. A win or draw against RB Leipzig will guarantee progression, while a defeat could see them drop to Europa League.

McTominay was unhappy with the refereeing and VAR decisions which saw a marginally offside call for Marquinhos’s goal and a supposedly clean challenge by Fred go against them. Speaking to MUTV the United midfielder said “It’s a tough pill to swallow when you watch the way the game pans out. Obviously it’s a sloppy goal to concede and then the way we played after that I thought we were brilliant. I thought that the way we approached the game was with total focus. The way the game panned out in general was – I’ve not really got an awful lot to comment on the way the referee, their players, but that’s football. You’re going to get that when you play in Europe.”

United were guilty of missing a hatful of chances and it cost them dearly after Fred was sent off midway through the second half. Speaking on the missed chances McTominay said “We’ve got so much quality up there and the coaches and all the players in general have got such belief in the strikers in general. Sometimes the ball just doesn’t go in the net. That can be football but, as I say, decisions, referees, their players. It’s a tough night. Whenever we’re coming away from that game with nothing. I even said at half-time if we don’t get anything from this game, then we should be coming into this dressing room so disappointed and angry with each other that we’ve not. But, as I say, decisions and VAR can change football.

Obviously you get in trouble if you start speaking about reactions and the referee and stuff like that. I’m hearing that their goal was partly offside as well from our dressing room. I’ve not seen it back. So, for us, where’s the balance in the game with how the referees approach decisions. For us, we’re seeing it week in, week out, which is they’re making mistakes so, for us, it has to be rectified. Get football back to the way it was. We forget about that. It’s a game where we have to go and win. It’s a game where you can’t just go there and play for a point. You have to go and approach it like you want to win that football match and that’s definitely what we’re going to do.”

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