Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has said the controversy of their game against Aston Villa on Wendesday evening "is unacceptable in this day and age."
The game finished goalless despite Villa keeper Orjan Nyland clearly carrying the ball over the goal line following a free kick from Oliver Norwood. The goal line technology system did not detect the ball being across the line so referee Michael Oliver waved play on without VAR intervening either.
“It’s unacceptable this day and age," Wilder told the clubs media.
"We expect the technology to be right and correct. VAR should have made that decision in Stockley Park. I’m 100% certain the football world would have accepted that.”
Wilder backs his squad to adapt
Project restart is now underway in the Premier League and with this means a more congested fixture list, with most teams playing up to three games a week.
Wilder is used to congested fixture lists, however, spending the majority of his managerial career in the lower leagues. He took over Sheffield United in 2016 when in League 1, and many players including captain Billy Sharp were part of that team, so Wilder is expecting his squad to be able to adapt to more games in a short amount of time.
“This is how it is. Tough, hard environment," Wilder told the clubs media.
"No good moaning about it, accept it, move on quickly and affect it. With our past history I back us to do that.”
Wilder talks contracts
It was announced today that midfielder Muhamed Besic's loan spell has ended at Bramall Lane, with him returning to his parent club Everton.
Panagiotis Retsos and Richario Zivkovic's futures are also up in the air after signing on loan in January. Zivkovic is yet to play for the first team, while Retsos made a cameo appearance in the FA Cup 5th round tie at Reading.
“There’s a decision regarding Panos and Richairo." Wilder told the clubs media.
"We’ll make those decisions over the next 24/48 hours in conjunction with the players.”
In the past fortnight, Billy Sharp, Oliver Norwood, and David McGoldrick have signed new contracts at Sheffield United. A number of players including John Lundstram are out of contract in the summer, and Wilder has said it's all up to the players to decide their future.
“Our deals have been left with them now," Wilder told the clubs media.
"It’s up to those players if they want to take up their reward.”