Mo Besic reveals he advised Sheffield United teammates not to celebrate their 'goal' against Manchester City - in case VAR ruled it out

Mo Besic, the Sheffield United midfielder, revealed he advised his Sheffield United teammates not to celebrate their opening 'goal' against Manchester City on Sunday - for fear of it being ruled out by VAR.

Monday, 30th December 2019, 4:45 pm
Updated Tuesday, 31st December 2019, 10:21 am

Lys Mousset looked to have put the Blades ahead at the home of the reigning Premier League champions, when he finished well past Claudio Bravo after racing onto John Fleck's superb pass.

But VAR chalked off the goal after ruling that the Frenchman's knee was slightly offside. City eventually ran out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero - after referee Chris Kavanagh had collided with Fleck - and Kevin De Bruyne, to end United's remarkable unbeaten run away from Bramall Lane.

On the Mousset VAR decision, Besic said: "It was millimetres, but that is how VAR is nowadays and we have to accept it.

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"When we scored I said to the team 'don't celebrate - we have to wait'. We just adapt to the decisions."

Asked if VAR had taken something away from the game, the Bosnia and Herzegovina international admitted: "It probably has, but that's how it is and we can't change it."

Fleck was also unwittingly involved in another key talking point from the game, when he looked to get on the end of Ollie Norwood's pass and was impeded by referee Chris Kavanagh. De Bruyne picked up the loose ball and fed Aguero, who smashed City ahead.

"That was an unlucky situation," Besic added.

"The rule says he needs to touch the ball but everybody saw what happened. It was difficult for the ref as well but VAR said it was OK, so he couldn't do anything. It's just an unlucky situation.

"But we can take positives from how we came back from that adversity, we stuck together and to our plan really well.

"The game became a different game after the first goal but still, they only had one or two shots on target, that's all."

United return to action on Thursday when they face champions-elect Liverpool at Anfield.