- VAR was officially introduced in the Premier League during the 2019/20 campaign
- However, its introduction has been punctuated with controversies with some ridiculous decisions
- Without its use, United could have potentially finished outside the top four
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Man United may have sealed a Champions League place after the 2019/20 season, but they probably have VAR to thank for the qualification.
United finished third on the standings with 66 points, on level with Chelsea who completed the top four berth.
Both teams had to wait until the last day of the season to confirm their places in the European elite competition, with the Red Devils having to rely on a penalty to down a stubborn Leicester City side that eventually finished fifth.
The Old Trafford dwellers were awarded the penalty following an intervention by VAR.
According to data recorded by The Times, VAR overruled a record 57 goals throughout the season and allowed 10 to stand.
The technology further awarded 22 penalties, with seven others being chalked off.
A further analysis of the impact of VAR on the league shows it had a significant effect on the final standings.
A number of clubs benefited from its employment, quite a number were also negatively affected.
For instance, in VAR's absence, United would have finished outside the fourth Champions League place, with Wolves, unsurprisingly finishing fourth.
Liverpool would have still won the league, albeit five points fewer from their record 99.
Below is how the 2019/20 EPL table would have looked without VAR:
20. Norwich – 23 points (two points more, same position)
19. Bournemouth – 33 points (one point fewer, one place lower)
18. Watford – 35 points (one point more, one position higher)
17. Aston Villa – 37 points (two points more, same position)
16. Brighton – 38 points (three points fewer, one position lower)
15. Crystal Palace – 42 points (one point fewer, one position lower)
14. Newcastle – 44 points (same points, one position lower)
13. West Ham – 45 points (six points more, three position higher)
12. Southampton – 46 points (six points fewer, one position lower)
11. Everton – 52 points (three points more, one position higher)
10. Tottenham – 53 points (six points fewer, four positions lower)
9. Arsenal – 54 points (two points fewer, one position lower)
8. Burnley – 55 points (one point more, two positions higher)
7. Sheffield United – 55 points (one point more, two positions higher)
6. Leicester – 58 points (four points fewer, one position lower)
5. Man Utd – 66 points (same points, two positions lower)
4. Wolves – 68 points (nine points more, three positions higher)
3. Chelsea – 68 points (two points more, one position higher)
2. Man City – 84 points (three points more, same position)
1. Liverpool – 94 points (five points fewer, same position)
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Manchester United survived Everton's scare in Sunday's Premier League clash at the Goodison Park after managing to secure a draw on the road.
A goal each from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Bruno Fernandes helped the two clubs share the spoils at the end of the fixture.
According to Give Me Sport, the Red Devils now top the list of Premier League teams who have enjoyed most VAR decisions overturned in their favour this campaign.
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