The match will be guaranteed to make history in using the technology along with Roma’s home game against Porto.It won’t be the first time VAR has b
The match will be guaranteed to make history in using the technology along with Roma’s home game against Porto.
It won’t be the first time VAR has been used at Old Trafford though as it featured in the FA Cup win over Reading last month.
The system was used to award a penalty which Juan Mata converted in the victory over the Championship outfit.
Express Sport brings you all the information you need on VAR for tonight’s Champions League showdown.
How does VAR work?
Video Assistant Referees can be used for four match-changing incidents in the Champions League.
Goals, incidents in the penalty area, red cards and mistaken identity can all be reviewed.
The VAR will inform the referee when there has been a clear error in any of these areas in order to overturn the decision.
The official in charge on the pitch can then review the footage himself and make a definitive call on any incident.
Offsides and fouls can also be called by the VAR with no on-pitch review necessary on these occasions.
Who will be the VAR?
Italian official Massimiliano Irrati will be the video assistant referee for tonight’s match.
He will look to help the team of officials led by referee Daniele Orsato at Old Trafford.
Irrati has a lot of VAR experience already.
He was in the room for 14 matches, including the opening game and the final, at last summer’s World Cup.
VAR: What does Ole Gunnar Solskjaer think?
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not think VAR will have any impact on the match and hasn’t made any changes to his preparation because it will be used.
“VAR has been part of football lately now and players are getting used to it,” he said.
“We had it in the FA Cup, we’ve had some introduction to it. It’s a good thing if it’s a clear and obvious decision that has to be made, but it’s still opinions that the referee has to make.
“For me, I like to have the discussion the day after [the match]. Was it a penalty, was it not a penalty? Like football has always been. But it’s not going to be an issue.”
VAR: Why have UEFA introduced it now?
UEFA’s chief refereeing officer Roberto Rosetti decided to fast-track the technology after seeing its success in recent months.
“We are convinced that it will be beneficial for our competitions as it will provide valuable help to match officials and will allow to reduce incorrect decisions,” said the Italian, who took charge of the Euro 2008 final between Germany and Spain.
“We held various courses over the last few months with our top referees and they welcome any steps to ensure that, ultimately, the correct decision is made.
”We had successful technological testing and trained the referees over the last few months. We have then tested VAR at selected matches and finalised preparations on all operational aspects. Now we are ready to implement VAR in the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.”