Premier League table without VAR announced: Man Utd slump in the table and Tottenham are two points clear at the top

Without VAR, TOTTENHAM would be at the top and Manchester United would be out of the guaranteed European places.

Sun Sport has monitored every decision made on the pitch since the start of the season, which was changed following Stockley Park’s intervention.

Tottenham have fallen from the top after recent defeats


Tottenham have fallen from the top after recent defeatsPhoto credit: Reuters

We then adjusted the results tables to show what the state of play would have been without VAR calls changing the games.

This does not include all of the VAR’s errors, including Luis Diaz’s goal for Liverpool at Spurs being wrongly disallowed as the flag was raised and the decision remained unchanged.

But without VAR, Tottenham’s draws at Brentford and Arsenal – both teams were awarded penalties that were taken – are converted into 2-1 victories for Ange Postecoglou’s men.

United’s record of seven wins and five defeats remains unchanged.

But Brighton’s 1-1 draw at Everton becomes an away win as Lewis Dunk’s spectacular volley is considered an early equalizer, allowing the Seagulls to move up two places to sixth, while United and Newcastle each drop one place.

There were 26 changed decisions in the first 12 weeks of the season, including 11 disallowed goals and seven penalties awarded – all of which were converted.

In terms of actual decisions, Nottingham Forest were the biggest beneficiaries of VAR, with three decisions – two in the draw against Burnley and one in the loss to Liverpool – and no opposing decisions.

Arsenal and Chelsea also had three VAR rollovers in their favor, offset by three against them.

Without VAR, Tottenham would still be at the top of the Premier League


Without VAR, Tottenham would still be at the top of the Premier League


However, Mikel Arteta’s side are a point better off as the “defeat” against Spurs is offset by a “win” at Stamford Bridge as the early penalty against William Saliba is dropped.

Burnley, Liverpool, United and Spurs all had three raids against them.

However, in United’s case, none of them had an impact on the match results, only the score.

Alejandro Garnacho’s VAR offside goal at the Emirates is offset by the penalty that would have been awarded to the home side when Anthony Taylor was advised to change his mind after Kai Havertz went down in United’s penalty area.

United still lose to Brighton even if Rasmus Hojlund’s goal – which was ruled out because the ball was deemed out of play – stands.

Manchester City emerged comfortable winners in the recent derby at Old Trafford and Bruno Fernandes scored the late winner at Fulham after Scott McTominay’s ‘opener’ was canceled out.

There are few position changes further down the table as all teams from West Ham in ninth to Luton in 18th remain where they are.

But Burnley and Sheffield United swap places, Vincent Kompany’s side have two points and are one place better off as they claim a “victory” at Nottingham Forest as Lyle Foster’s late goal was no longer counted for a Sander Berge handball in the build-up becomes.

Luton, West Ham and Wolves have not had a VAR raid in any of their games so far.

Olly Dawes

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