Jose Mourinho has given a frank assessment of the use of ‘Video Assistants Referees’ ahead of his side’s clash with Huddersfield Town at the weekend.
Manchester United taken on the Terriers in 5th round of the FA Cup on Saturday, and it will be the first time that ‘VAR’ will be used in a game involving the Red Devils.
The system has had mixed reviews from critics this season after being used in the FA and League Cups, however even after the controversies, Mourinho still remains in favour of the system so long as it helps the referees do their job.
“When people ask us if we like it, if we don’t like it, if we agree with it or don’t agree with it, I think honestly it’s a question for the referees,” the boss told MUTV.
“They want to perform the best they can, they don’t like to make mistakes. And sometimes they make mistakes because it’s a human mistake and you cannot go over it unless you have some technological support. So if the referees are happy with that technological support, then yes, let’s go for the VAR. I think, from my perspective, I like the feeling.”
However despite being generally in the favour of the system, the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager also admits that it needs changes before in can be considered to be a success.
“Of course they need adjustments,” he said. “They need to make sure that they don’t change the dynamic of the game too much, the emotion of the game too much – people waiting a couple of minutes to know if they can jump [and celebrate] because it was a goal.
“But from my professional perspective, I like the feeling of a right decision is coming. It’s a penalty or not a penalty, it’s handball or not handball, it’s a red card or not a red card. I think a fair decision is a feeling that I like.”