After Manchester United were left aggrieved by VAR in a 0-0 draw away to Chelsea on Sunday, Luke Shaw has outlined his confusion at how the referee, Stuart Attwell, handled the incident.

Chelsea’s winger Callum Hudson-Odoi was shown to have hit the ball with his hand on the left side of the penalty area and Attwell was advised by the VAR to award a penalty. He chose not to after watching replays on the pitchside monitor.

Shaw had a good game but United struggled to make chances and have to take blame for that, but players and fans alike can be rightly frustrated after Shaw’s insight.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 28: The ball hits the hand of Callum Hudson-Odoi of Chelsea as he is is challenged by Mason Greenwood of Manchester United which was reviewed by VAR during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on February 28, 2021 in London, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors.
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Shaw shocked by referee’s comments in Manchester United vs Chelsea

“At the time, I saw a handball,” Shaw told Sky Sports after the game.

“I didn’t know if it [the hand that touched the ball] was Mason [Greenwood] or Callum [Hudson-Odoi]. I didn’t even know there was a potential check.”

“The referee said to H [Harry Maguire], ‘if I say it’s a penalty there’s going to be a lot of talk after.’ H said he got told it was a pen by VAR.”

Shaw’s claims about the referee’s comments to Maguire are mind-boggling. The idea that Attwell was considering the reaction to the awarding of a penalty is infuriating. Referees have to have an ability to distance themselves from that talk and instead focus on the decision.

Manchester United frustrated by intervention of VAR

Shaw was also angered by the intervention of VAR on the flow of the game.


“If he’s stopped it, you’d think he’s gonna give a pen, because we had the ball, we were attacking. If it’s not gonna be a pen, they might as well carry on with the game, don’t stop the flow of the game.”

United struggled to create chances as well as finish the ones they did carve out. That was the true reason for their defeat, not one penalty call, but it will irk many.

Shaw: We didn’t create enough chances

As for the game, Shaw described it as ‘quite evenly matched’.

“Maybe they had a bit more possession. We defended well but I don’t think we created too many chances today, so [we’re] a bit disappointed with that.

“We needed to win because the gap [to Manchester City in first place] is getting bigger. We’ve got to move on now.”

United now move on to face Crystal Palace away from home on Wednesday night.

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