The second coming of David Bellion and William Prunier

The second coming of David Bellion and William Prunier

If there is a manager suited to the VAR era, it is $tevie Mbe. The explosive badge- and camera-kissing celebrations of his glorious playing career are long forgotten now he is a grim-faced manager with the pitchside manner of Lord Ferg confronted with a copy of Thatcher: the Downing Street Years.

Perhaps conditioned by those moments when he maybe got a little bit too amped before giving the ball to Demba Ba/nobbling Ander Herrera mere seconds after coming on, he does not celebrate until the VAR lady sings.

He knew. Everyone knew. Even The Fiver knew. Somewhere amid that scrambled Aston Villa ‘equaliser’ at Old Trafford on Monday night would be a minor infringement that might rule out Danny Ings’ bundle home, and with it would go the chances of Prince William, David Cameron, Tom Hanks and Geezer Butler’s chance of their knees getting all trembly on the road to Wembley. As it turned out,

the refs in the video bunker had to rewind the footage almost as far as Peter McParland’s charge on Ray Wood in the 1957 FA Cup final to rule out the goal, and it turned out an NFL-style blocking manoeuvre from Jacob Ramsey on Edinson Cavani sometime amid 1979’s Winter of Discontent had saved Manchester United’s blushes.

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