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Mata continues to support VAR despite 'goal' being ruled out

Mata had a goal ruled out by VAR as it deemed him offside. Credit: PA

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata continues to support the use of technology in football despite the Video Assistant Referee system controversially ruling out his 'goal' at Huddersfield on Saturday.

Match referee Kevin Young had awarded a goal until the VAR's lengthy intervention, with TV images of Mata's positioning amid wonky lines. The decision did not prove crucial, with the visitors going on to win 2-0 at the John Smith's Stadium in the fifth round of the FA Cup, and it has not put the Spain international off the system.

Writing in his blog, he said: "The truth is, once you have celebrated the goal you are surprised and disappointed (as you could see on my face), but this time, luckily, that goal was not needed to win.

"As I said in a few interviews after the game, even if this time it didn't play in our favour, I think in the future the VAR will be helpful for the referees, who always have a difficult job, and eventually it will bring more justice to football."

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Pogba to miss Man United FA Cup tie due to illness

Jose Mourinho has spent the week defending his relationship with Paul Pogba. Credit: PA

Paul Pogba has been ruled out of Manchester United's FA Cup tie against Huddersfield due to illness.

United boss Jose Mourinho had insisted that the France midfielder, 24, would play after addressing what he said were "lies" about his relationship with the player during his Friday press conference.

But the club announced on Twitter on Saturday morning: "Paul Pogba will miss today's @EmiratesFACup tie at Huddersfield due to illness. U23s midfielder Ethan Hamilton has taken his place in the squad."

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