Lukaku scored twice for Manchester United to move to the quarter finals of the FA Cup as Huddersfield bends out of competition.
Manchester United secured a lead through a goal Lukaku scored in the 3rd minute, the Red Devil’s lead could have been doubled by Mata’s goal if it was not cancelled for offside following report by the VAR but Lukaku ensured the lead was re-doubled permanently at the 55th minutes.
Whereas Huddersfield didn’t make it an easy run for United as Tom Ince threatened the United’s territory two times but missed due to inaccuracy.
Meanwhile Juan Mata whose goal was nullified due to the controversial VAR system decision thought a benefit of doubt should have been given for his goal.
“I am up for VAR to be honest, it is good for football. But today it seems like the decision was not very clear. I think we all wished the decision was made quicker. If it is not very clear I was always told the referee should give the benefit of the doubt but today they probably did not see any doubt watching the replay.”
The VAR which has been used in the FA Cup a couple of times and has received both praise and scrutiny.
Once it helped in ruling out Kelechi Iheanacho’s goal for Leicester City in their 2-0 FA Cup win over Fleetwood the previous month and was praised but this time around because of the vagueness of Mata’s situation, amongst others former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes view implies the system was unfair.
“I don’t even think a Huddersfield player was appealing for offside. It’s very strange.”
Nevertheless Jose Mourinho remains calm because the results didn’t affect his progress as he prepares his boys to face Brighton at Old Trafford in the quarter finals whereas Huddersfield will focus on survival relegation from the premiership.