Sean Dyche believes Luke Shaw could have been shown a red card during Burnley’s defeat to Manchester United but suggested VAR’s intervention had eventually proven the best outcome after refereeing controversy at Turf Moor.
Shaw’s foul on Johann Berg Gudmundsson went unpunished initially and it preceded a move which saw United forward Edinson Cavani hauled down by the retreating Robbie Brady and left the Irishman at risk of being sent off as the last man following his challenge.
But the play was pulled back after a VAR monitor check from referee Kevin Friend and Shaw was booked for the foul on Gudmundsson, sparing Brady’s blushes.
But while Dyche was pleased to see the decision ruled in his team’s favour, he questioned whether or not United’s left-back should have been dismissed for his own late tackle.
“I think that’s a more awkward one where you get an incident when it breaks away to another incident, I thought they dealt with it the best they could,” he said.
“The outcome was the correct one.
“I thought it was a foul immediately and I am a big fan of being careful with the physicality of the game because I think it’s dying out and I think we’ve got to be careful with that.
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“But I think on another day that challenge was just a little too high, just a little bit too late.
“I don’t want to see people red-carded but on another day, he might have even gone off for that.”
Dyche was pressed further on the long wait for clarity from VAR that halted the game’s momentum in the first half but he instead chose to focus on his Burnley side’s performance and how they frustrated Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side for long periods of the game.
“Yeah, but the game’s not about VAR for me,” he added.
“The game is better than that tonight, I thought it was a good account from both sides. We certainly took the game on so I am pleased with that and our mentality keeps improving this season.
“After half-time they had a good 20-25 minutes because they’re a top side and you have to make sure you’re defending properly, doing the diligent things which we did and they score a goal from a deflection which is tough on the keeper because I thought we defended well all night.
“They had chances but not golden chances and we had a few ourselves, particularly at the end, so I want the game to be about that because the performance is important to us as we continue to grow this season.”