How VAR official wrongly guided referee decision that went in Man Utd’s favour

VAR official Simon Hooper wrongly advised Chris Kavanagh on a key decision as Manchester United beat Brighton.

The technology was used plenty of times on the south coast with United eventually winning 3-2 for their first win of the Premier League season.

At 1-1, moments into the second half, Brighton were awarded a penalty by Kavanagh after Paul Pogba tangled with Aaron Connolly.

Though Kavanagh was advised to take a second look at the incident on the pitch-side monitor and reversed the decision, rescinding the yellow card he gave to Pogba too.

Connolly was infuriated when the incident was replayed on the big screen and it seems Hooper wrongly advised referee Kavanagh.

BT Sport presenter Jake Humphrey explained: "We can hear half the conversation. We can't hear what Chris Kavanagh says but we can hear what Simon Hooper says.

"Hooper says: 'Have a look at this, the Brighton player initiates the contact.'

"Should the VAR officials be guiding the referee on the field of play like that?"

And former referee and BT Sport analyst Peter Walton said Hooper should not have advised Kavanagh in the way that he did.

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He replied: "No, he shouldn't. He should say: 'Here is what I've seen, please make your own decision based on what I've seen and I will give you the evidence'. Not to suggest 'I think this'."

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted his side were fortunate to leave the Amex with three points.

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He said: “We got away with one. Maybe one point we deserved, we didn’t deserve more. But the character deserved more.

“Last season we had too many draws, so that is a big plus for us.

“They are a difficult team to play against. We don’t have the legs and sharpness but we will get there. We have plenty of work ahead.”

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