Manchester United in the bottom half, Arsenal move up – how the Premier League table would look without VAR

It seems as though not a week goes by without a major VAR decision and gameweek 26 was no different.

Wolves were denied a goal, and a possible win, in a goalless draw with Leicester on Friday as VAR ruled out a Willy Boly first-half header.

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Nuno Espirito Santo was furious with VAR following their 0-0 draw with Leicester
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After a video assistant review, Pedro Neto was adjudged millimetres offside in the build up.

Only Sheffield United (five) have had more goals chalked off than Wolves (four) by VAR this season.

Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo was baffled by the decision.

He said: “There used to be an expression here in England about ‘clear daylight’ in these decisions.

“The law is the law, but is there a clear advantage? I’m still positive, I’m upset of course because Molineux was buzzing and suddenly was down.

“Something has to be done. When you have something and someone takes it away, you don’t like it but the law is the law.

“I’m not a specialist on refereeing, we are not judging the work of the referees here. I’m frustrated with the situation and all that is involved. We should not be sitting here talking about this.”

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Wolves captain Conor Coady has hit out at VAR in the past as well
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It was two points dropped for Wolves, who could have closed the gap on fourth-placed Chelsea to three points.

Meanwhile, there was another VAR call in Tottenham’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.

Steven Bergwijn raced through on goal and was about to pull the trigger, before Bjorn Engels made a last-ditch challenge.

However, a video assistant review showed Engels had got the man before the ball and awarded a penalty to Spurs.

Heung-Min Son’s resulting spot-kick was saved by Pepe Reina, but the forward scored the rebound to put Tottenham 2-1 up.

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Heung-min Son was Tottenham’s hero at Villa Park with a last-minute winner
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Villa boss Dean Smith hit out at decision.

He said: ”It was a farcical VAR decision. I don’t get it. There’s 42,000 people in the stadium, he gives a goal-kick and everyone believes it’s a goal-kick.

“The criteria is clear and obvious, it’s not clear and obvious. [Referee] Martin Atkinson stood up but his authority has been taken away.

“I said to Martin at half-time I didn’t blame him but if he was brave enough to walk over to that monitor it takes 30 seconds, you go, ‘No, I’m happy with my decision’ and we play on.

“Instead we go into an environment where there’s no feel for the game or what’s happened and we make a decision.”

Elsewhere, Chelsea suffered a blow in the race for the top four with a 2-0 home defeat to Manchester United on Monday.

And Chelsea were on the receiving end of two VAR decisions.

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It was a frustrating night for Frank Lampard (right) and Chelsea
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After Anthony Martial gave United the lead, Kurt Zouma thought he had levelled for the hosts, however, the goal was disallowed by VAR due to a push from Cesar Azpilicueta on Brandon Williams.

Despite replays showing Fred pushing Azpilicueta into Williams, the goal was still ruled out.

The Red Devils went 2-0 up through a Harry Maguire header, which proved controversial as the United captain appeared fortunate to stay on the pitch for a kick out at Michy Batshuayi in the first-half.

VAR reviewed the incident and did not deem it serious enough to even book the England defender.

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Olivier Giroud thought he had pulled a goal back for Chelsea
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Chelsea substitute Olivier Giroud looked to have halved the deficit when he headed past David de Gea, but once again VAR intervened to further frustrate the Blues.

A VAR review showed the France striker’s toe was offside before he emphatically met Mason Mount’s cross.

But how has VAR altered the look of the English top-flight? Below is how the Premier League table would look without VAR after 26 games…

 

1. Liverpool: 72 points (Actual position = 1)

Points difference: -4

2. Man City: 57 points (Actual position = 2)

Points difference: +3

3. Leicester: 45 points (Actual position = 3)

Points difference -5

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Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers was happy to come away with a point against Wolves
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4. Chelsea: 44 points (Actual position = 4)

Points difference +3

5. Wolves: 41 points (Actual position = 8)

Points difference +5

6. Everton: 39 points (Actual position = 9)

Points difference +3

7. Sheffield United: 38 points (Actual position = 6)

Points difference -1

8. Tottenham: 37 points (Actual position = 5)

Points difference -3

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Tottenham have been helped by VAR this season
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9. Arsenal: 37 points (Actual position = 10)

Points difference +3

10. Burnley: 35 points (Actual position = 11)

Points difference +1

11. Manchester United: 34 points (Actual position = 7)

Points difference -4

12. Newcastle: 31 points (Actual position = 13)

Points difference 0

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Newcastle boss Steve Bruce won’t have too many VAR moans
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13. West Ham: 30 points (Actual position = 18)

Points difference +6

14. Crystal Palace: 29 points (Actual position = 14)

Points difference -1

15. Aston Villa: 26 points (Actual position = 17)

Points difference +1

16. Southampton: 26 points (Actual position = 12)

Points difference -5

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Southampton may be thankful for VAR
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17. Watford: 24 points (Actual position = 19)

Points difference 0

18. Norwich: 24 points (Actual position = 20)

Points difference +6

19. Bournemouth: 23 points (Actual position = 16)

Points difference -3

20. Brighton: 20 points (Actual position = 15)

Points difference: -7


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