Jose Mourinho on VAR as Manchester United prepare to face Huddersfield Town

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New system will be in operation for FA Cup fifth round clash

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho feels the Video Assistant Referee system needs “adjustments” but likes the idea of it yielding “fair” decisions.

For the first time, United and Town will play in a match in which the system is being trialled when they face off in Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at the John Smith’s Stadium.

It has been used in the competition already this season – most notably when West Bromwich Albion won 3-2 at Liverpool in the fourth round – as well as the Carabao Cup.

Asked for his views on VAR, Mourinho told MUTV: “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.

“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.

“Of course they need adjustments. 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.”

The VAR system took centre-stage during the Liverpool-West Brom clash on January 27, with it being used three times in the first half, including the first time in English football that a referee used a pitchside television replay.

Although it eventually led to correct decisions being made, questions were asked about the process, particularly the amount of time it took.

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