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Steven Gerrard “There is nothing you can do to change it”

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Steven Gerrard “There is nothing you can do to change it”

Steven Gerrard highlighted the time taken for the VAR check that disallowed Danny Ings’ strike in Aston Villa’s FA Cup exit at Manchester United but refused to blame it for the defeat.

It took more than three and a half minutes for VAR Darren England and on-field referee Michael Oliver to decide Jacob Ramsey’s block on Edinson Cavani in the build-up to Ings’ finish had been both offside and interfering with play, raising questions over the “clear-and-obvious” threshold needed for the video official to overturn a decision.

With the goal disallowed, Villa fell to a narrow defeat through Scott McTominay’s early header, leaving them out of the FA Cup in Gerrard’s first match in the competition as a manager.

Steven Gerrard

When asked about the decision, he told BBC Sport: “How long have you got? The officials took three and a half minutes to settle that one. They have looked at two or three things in it.

“When VAR is there and they make a decision you have to accept it. There is nothing you can do to change it. The easy way out is to blame luck and the officials, we won’t do that.

“It’s very tough. We are out of the FA Cup and coming into this job I saw this competition as an opportunity to have a good run in it.

“The lads gave a lot in terms of performance but we need to learn and close the gap from a performance that was nearly good enough. We dominated for large parts but we were not ruthless enough.

“I’ve seen enough tonight in terms of the performance to know that I can get to where I want to get to but we need to learn and learn quickly. We need to be more ruthless moving forward, defending crosses we need to be tighter.

“We cannot be having people with free headers in our six yard box. It is quite clear what we need to iron out and we will do it in the short term.”

What’s next for Steven Gerrard?

Aston Villa will host Manchester United in the Premier League on Saturday.

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