The admission by PGMOL chief Mike Riley that VAR hasgot four decisions wrong in thePremier Leaguethis season has led to a certain TV broadcaster loading their coverage with questions about the infernal machines.
Per the BBC the decisions were:
- Appeals for a penalty from Manchester City for a foul on midfielder David Silva in their 3-1 win at Bournemouth on 25 August should have been given.
- A foul on West Ham striker Sebastien Haller in their win against Norwich on 31 August should have resulted in a penalty.
- Leicester City’s Youri Tielemans should have been sent off for his foul on Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson on the same day.
- Also on 31 August, a handball by Newcastle United’s Isaac Hayden was missed in the build-up to Fabian Schar’s equaliser against Watford.
Eddie Howe, who speaks at 8am every week, was first on the blocks : “It’s a positive thing that mistakes have been admitted, there will be things that need to be ironed out. I’m still on the fence. ”
Overnight Tottenham news.
Manchester United injury crisis
Ole Gunnar Solskjær couldbe missing up to seven Manchester United players for Leicester City’s visit to Old Trafford on Saturday.
Anthony Martial, Paul Pogba, Diogo Dalot, Luke Shaw and Eric Bailly are unavailable, while Jesse Lingard and Aaron-Wan Bissaka are doubts.
Solskjær said: “The treatment room’s been busy and still is so we don’t really know who’s going to be available – there’s maybe Aaron, maybe Jesse and I think maybe that’s it but I can ‘ t promise those two will be available either.
“Pogba won’t be fit, no, unless he’s had a miraculous recovery overnight from yesterday to today or tonight to tomorrow; he’s not been ready to do 100% training, no.
“We hope more can be ready for West Ham next week and Paul and Anthony are in that category, I think they ‘ ll be ready for then and can’t say more than that really. ”
Culture corner, a book review no less.
Big news:Paul Pogba is OUT of Manchester United’s game with Leicester with an ankle injury he limped from the Southampton pitch with two weeks ago.
Also out: Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw. Probably out: Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Jesse Lingard. Oh dear.
Good news from last night’s Women’s Champions League, he says in the style of Clive Tyldesley, when he used to talk of good tidings of Liverpool scoring during a Manchester United live match in the old ITV Champions League days. Anyway, two good results for WSL teams. Scratch that, brilliant results.
Fast forward to the present.Bad news for Newcastle. Andy Carroll is still not fit for an emotional return to Anfield, either, while Allan Saint-Maximin is likely to miss out.
Talking of 4-3, here’s Rob Smyth from the vault, bravely choosing to question the greatest ever game in the greatest league in the world ever. Who still remembers Skins, by the way?
And we’re back. Away from the Euro 2020 qualifiers and that odd conundrum where Scotland can still qualify despite being absolutely gubbed, back to the calming, soothing waters of the (Premier League) .
What have we learned during the prorogue? Raheem Sterling is still excellent, Harry Maguire can be turned easily and Tottenham continue to have misfortune with injury, with Giovani Lo Celso coming back from the United States with a knackered hip.
This weekend, the prime fixture looks to be Liverpool 4-3 Newcastle on Saturday lunchtime. Manchester United v Leicester is a test of Leicester’s claims for the top six and beyond, while Norwich’s leaky defense has Manchester City to contend with on Saturday evening. Wilfried Zaha sacked his agent over failing to get to Tottenham, it has been reported, so Saturday offers chance for him to look longingly at what he could have won. And there were whispers that Nuno Espírito Santo might have been a contender for Chelsea so his Wolves team have a chance to show their manager’s credentials. Has the international break allowed Frank Lampard to come up with a Plan B, or something that will last beyond half-time?
All that and more through the day.