Monthly Archives: November 2019

Premier League Managers & Referees Meeting

There have been considerable problems with the video assistant referee system used in the Premier League for years now. It has been an ignored issue amongst fans, players, managers and referees for some time now. However, it has been announced that all Premier League Managers will be meeting with the Professional Game Match Manager. This meeting will discuss what can be done to reprimand the problems with VAR. The PGM Manager will inform all referee’s what alterations are being done to the VAR System later on this week.

This meeting had been planned by managers and the referee association earlier this year. It wasn’t meant to take place until closer to the winter break. However, a recent uprise in controversy regarding the VAR System has prompted officials to hold the meeting earlier. The main subject line will be if the referees have the right to consult these monitors. Most fans claim that the purpose of the referee is defeated when using these monitors and that any natural mistake made by players has been caught. This had prompted teams like Liverpool and Chelsea to lose matches when it was later founded to be unbiased. Most Club Managers agree that this is a significant issue that needs to be resolved going forward. It’s anticipated that if the meeting has provided a solution, then a formal vote will be held with EUFA.

The Controversy

The recent controversy began when Liverpool’s Manager vented his anger to the public during a media broadcast. Liverpool’s most recently matchup saw the referee claim an offside in favour for Aston Villa. This was the final straw for Jurgen Klopp, who noted that his team had been shifted multiple times by the VAR System that referees impose. He also stated that refs hug onto these systems now and are losing their capabilities to accurately asses a game. This isn’t the only recent indication that the video assistant referee system has come under fire. Everton also criticized the decision of referee’s when they were told that their goal was offside as well. It resulted in a three-minute delay in the matchup and an unnecessary level of anger towards the ref.

The primary concern for the Premier League and European Football Federation Association is the safety of referees. Whenever fans begin turning on these individuals, it resulted in significant violence towards that ref. Considering that the refs are now heavily relying on this system, it’s anticipated that violence will shortly beckon onto fields across the United Kingdom. This is why extreme delegations are being held, which will essentially force these refs to relearn their prior talents and stop relying on the VAR system. There is even a chance that VAR will be removed entirely from the Premier League, which would be a significant statement for all Soccer Leagues worldwide.

Marcus Rashford Against Chelsea

Marcus Rashford was known as ‘the kid’ while Jose Mourinho was a manager at Manchester United. However, ‘the kid’ recently celebrated his 22nd birthday and all of a sudden looks like an elder statesman at Manchester United. We’re not only referring to his age but his overall performance as well.

On Wednesday at Chelsea, Rashford managed to lift the hopes and dreams of Manchester United with a glorious 2-1 victory during the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, scoring an easy penalty followed by one of the best free kicks you have ever seen in your life from about 30 yards away. This occurred a mere 17 minutes from the final whistle. Marcus Rashford now impresses with a total of 4 goals in only three starts for the Red Devils. This happened after he endured an 11-game losing streak away from home which dates back to March. Now, he has won 3 on the bounce while away from Old Trafford in a mere six days.

Coaching Issues

After Ole Gunnar Solskjaer experienced two tough months as the head coach for Manchester United, the tide seems to have finally turned and Marcus Rashford is definitely at the heart of this revival. However, the kid from England is not a child anymore. This was his 184th appearance for Manchester United since he made his debut under Louis van Gaal when he was only 17 years old. Since then, he has scored a total of 52 goals, and that number keeps on climbing.

No one can deny that Marcus Rashford, along with Mason Greenwood and Anthony Martial, would greatly benefit from a veteran centre-forward to offer guidance and competition. However, Rashford has managed to emerge from the slump he experienced during the start of the season to become a massive figure for those that wish to follow in his footsteps at Manchester United.

Chelsea vs Manchester United

At Stamford Bridge, the Man Utd manager decided to start Brandon Williams (19), Daniel James (21), and Scott McTominay (22), while the bench provided players like James Garner (18). As Marcus Rashford has indicated, young players will get the opportunity to show off their skills and abilities in a United shirt this season. However, the club needs to be wary as consistency is required for the Premier League season and that means that experienced players between the ages of 25 and 27 need to be on the filed as well.

It was quite surprising to see that Frank Lampard made the same choices when it came to his squad, allowing youngsters to rule the field during the Carabao Cup. For instance, he put his faith in Billy Gilmour (18), Marc Guehi (19), Reece James (19), and Hudson-Odoi (18). While most seemed to find their feet under Chelsea still, Hudson-Odoi stood out from the crowd with his brilliant performance. This is one footballer you need to keep your eye on going forward.