Man Utd: Sir Alex Ferguson watches U18s match
Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson has labelled VAR a ‘disaster’. The technology has been controversial ever since being introduced in 2019, with many fans, players and pundits alike all unhappy with its use. And Ferguson is among them, with the Scot also hailing Marcus Rashford for his impressive work off the field.
VAR has continued to divide opinion this year, with some decisions baffling fans.
And Ferguson, speaking to the Daily Mail, has labelled the system a ‘bloody disaster’.
He said: “It’s a bloody disaster.
“I watched the Leeds versus Burnley game the other week — Burnley had a goal disallowed when their own player was fouled by the goalkeeper. Unbelievable.”
Ferguson also expressed his delight at the work done by Rashford, with the England international campaigning to end child hunger.
He was rightly recognised at the recent BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards and has sparkled on the pitch, too, scoring 14 goals across all competitions this season.
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Ferguson has been impressed – and also thinks Rashford is proof that footballers aren’t all about greed and self-indulgence.
“He’s always been a good kid,” he said.
“He joined us when he was nine years of age.
“When you see people’s demeanour, behaviour, way of carrying themselves and ability to change things, that’s him. He’s got that.
“He’s come from a working-class background and he knows what it’s like. When I was at school you had the free dinners and Marcus knows exactly what that’s like.”
Ferguson also thinks ‘not all footballers are out buying cars’.
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“I know the boy at United, Juan Mata, who gives a percentage of his wages to charity,” he added.
“Look at what Rashford has done. Not all footballers are out buying cars. There’s a big percentage with a big heart. Football people aren’t idle.”
Ferguson wants football to act in the fight against dementia, believing the old leather balls were ‘like heading a cannonball’ at times.
“Those leather balls,” he said.
“When water got into them, it was like heading a cannonball. Really heavy work.
“I headed the ball a lot but thank God it’s not hit me yet.
“At the end of the day we have to see what we can do to help. Football has a duty to look at the situation. It’s the right thing to do.
“People like myself owe it to the game to see if there’s something we can do.
“It’s hard to put your finger on what exactly the link is.
“You watch the film Raging Bull, about Jake LaMotta. He had 106 fights and lived until he was 95.
“I think a lot of it is down to the type of head injuries you get, but we need more research.”
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