By Sam Stone

8th May, 2023 | 12:40pm

Dermot Gallagher disagrees with Stephen Warnock live on Sky Sports as West Ham United VAR controversy discussed

Dermot Gallagher and Stephen Warnock have disagreed live on Sky Sports News after West Ham United weren’t awarded a penalty against Manchester United.

Said Benrahma’s cross was clearly handled by Victor Lindelöf in the area, however, after a VAR check, a penalty wasn’t awarded.

Talking on Sky Sports News, Warnock disagreed with Gallagher’s take on the incident at the London Stadium.

“For me, I think we’ve got to ride it out for the next three weeks,” said Gallagher (Sky Sports News, Football Daily clip, 8 May).

“In the summer we should see what IFAB say. It’s no good changing now.”

Warnock replied: “That’s easy to say go with it for three weeks, yet if West Ham had drawn or lost that game, that’s why VAR was brought in at the bottom of the league to make sure that these huge decisions are the correct decisions.

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“They were very fortunate that they won the game in the end. If they hadn’t have won the game, this would’ve been a huge incident we would’ve been talking about.”

Spot on

Warnock is bang on here. Something has to change heading into the new campaign. West Ham were good value for their win and should’ve been awarded a penalty. Lindelöf’s arm was in an extremely unnatural position and the VAR officials are extremely lucky that the Hammers went on to win the game.

Had they lost, David Moyes would be venting his full frustration and rightly so. Taking the controversy out of the equation, everyone at the London Stadium can now take a huge breath. Their Premier League status is 99 per cent secure for the 2023/24 season and with a European semi-final to come, there should be excitement around the club.

Remaining in the Premier League and winning the Conference League would constitute an extremely successful season for the Irons, considering their extremely poor start. The summer will once again be significant for Moyes’ men. The board were ambitious in 2022 and they could well look to splash the cash once again to push West Ham back into the top ten.