Joey Barton has criticised VAR after Juan Mata saw his goal against Huddersfield ruled out for offside, despite appearing to be onside.
Romelu Lukaku gave the visitors the lead, and the Red Devils thought they had doubled their advantage just before half-time – only to see it chalked off by Neil Swarbrick who is helping from afar.
Barton was on commentary duty at the John Smith’s Stadium for the FA Cup fifth round clash, and despaired at the use of technology.
He said: “I’m putting this on record now: I’m not for it. We don’t need it.
“I’d rather have the mistakes [from the referee].
“VAR is ruining the game, I don’t like it.
“Everyone in the stadium now doesn’t not know why that goal was disapproved, there are people sitting at home, who haven’t bothered to get a ticket and come to the game, who know more than us about that’s happened, and we’re in the stadium.”
The decision to introduce technology has thus far only served to increase confusion at football grounds across the country.
However, former Manchester City midfielder Barton believes informing those in the stadium of the virtual decision via a big screen, much like they do in rugby, is the way forward.
“There is total confusion in the stadium,” he said.
“Nobody knows what’s going on. You can see people around us getting their phones out to see what’s happened – this cannot happen!
“They need to show the replays on a big screen for this to work.
“In this current guise, we cannot use it.
"It has to enhance the game and on both occasions I've seen it live, it hasn't done that."