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latestfootballmedia September 5, 2019

VAR’s introduction has been anything but plain sailing with several clubs on the receiving end of some questionable decisions

In a world where VAR was implemented correctly, the Premier League would look different for both Liverpool and Manchester United.

The Reds, who are aiming to go one better than last year, would find themselves behind Manchester City on goal difference, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side would not have tasted defeat.

Pep Guardiola’s side dominated their second game of the season against Tottenham at the Etihad.

The home fans thought Gabriel Jesus’ injury time goal had sealed a 3-2 win, but VAR chalked it off for a handball it the build up.

However an earlier penalty appeal by Rodri was waved away despite the masses believing a spot kick should have been given.

City can feel aggrieved that they are not ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s side on goal difference and VAR may have to shoulder some of the blame.

United can also call VAR into question after they were denied a penalty in their defeat against Crystal Palace.

Patrick Van Aanholt’s late winner gave the Eagles a memorable win, but Martin Kelly can count himself a lucky man after hauling down Anthony Martial earlier in the contest.

Referees have made a habit of hiding behind the phrase ‘clear and obvious’ despite plenty of us wondering just how obvious it has to be before its spotted.

Nevertheless, VAR chiefs have spoken about their ‘higher threshold’ when it comes to decisions.

But it’s not just the Manchester clubs that feel like VAR has sold them short at this early stage of the season.

Tottenham’s Harry Kane felt he was denied a clear penalty during their home reverse against Newcastle.

A goal would’ve earned them a point and no doubt eased the gloom that is currently around the club.

Newcastle were again fortunate when a clear handball in the lead up to their equaliser against Watford was not penalised.

The incident was almost a carbon copy of Jesus goal that denied City three points a fortnight earlier.

The Sun analysed every major VAR decision – and non-decisions – so far this season.

And the table pictured above shows how the Premier League should look after four games apiece.

We also have the current Premier League table to show you exactly how the positions would be affected.

Liverpool would be leapfrogged into top spot by City, while Newcastle would be rock bottom./DailyStar/

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