Gerrard reacts to the 1-0 loss to Man United, refuses to blame VAR
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Gerrard reacts to the 1-0 loss to Man United, refuses to blame VAR

Steven Gerrard has declined to blame VAR for Aston Villa's 1-0 FA Cup third-round defeat to Manchester United.

Last night, an early Scott McTominay goal secured the game at Old Trafford, but Villa were left enraged by the decision to deny a Danny Ings goal in the second half.

There was some dispute about whether Jacob Ramsey was penalized for blocking Edinson Cavani or for doing so from an offside position.

Nonetheless, the goal was disallowed following a lengthy delay, but Gerrard has reiterated that he wishes to move on.

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Speaking to BBC Sport, Gerrard said: "How long have you got? The officials took three and a half minutes to settle that one. They have looked at two or three things in it.

"When VAR is there and they make a decision you have to accept it. There is nothing you can do to change it. The easy way out is to blame luck and the officials, we won't do that."

On the performance itself, the Englishman added: "The lads gave a lot in terms of performance but we need to learn and close the gap from a performance that was nearly good enough. We dominated for large parts but we were not ruthless enough.

"I've seen enough tonight in terms of the performance to know that I can get to where I want to get to but we need to learn and learn quickly. We need to be more ruthless moving forward, defending crosses we need to be tighter.

"We cannot be having people with free headers in our six-yard box. It is quite clear what we need to iron out and we will do it in the short term."

On Saturday evening, Villa and Man United will renew their rivalry in the Premier League.

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