Jamie Redknapp insisted Luke Shaw was fortunate to escape with just a booking for a ‘dangerous and reckless’ challenge on Johann Berg Gudmundsson and that VAR got it wrong despite taking over five minutes to make a decision.
Referee Kevin Friend initially allowed play to continue when Shaw flew into a 50-50 with Gudmundsson during the first half – despite incensed appeals from Burnley players – and the hosts almost got a red card themselves moments later when Robbie Brady brought Edinson Cavani down outside the box.
Brady was the last man in defence and mistimed his challenge to thwart a threatening attack from United, which prompted VAR to take a look at the possible red card after he was just given a caution.
VAR spent five minutes looking at two possible red cards, including Luke Shaw’s challenge
The Manchester United defender’s challenge was initially let go by referee Kevin Friend
Shaw was eventually booked but Jamie Redknapp believes his tackle merited a red card
However, attentions turned back to Shaw’s challenge with Friend being urged to take another look at it on the monitor.
After consulting the monitor, Friend eventually rescinded Brady’s yellow, brought play back and dished out a yellow card to Shaw.
But Redknapp believes the United defender’s tackle merited a red card.
Speaking at half-time the Sportsmail columnist told Sky Sports: ‘I think Luke Shaw will be a relieved man in the dressing room. In the current climate where the game is so sanitised, I think he gets a little bit of the ball but certainly goes over the top and catches him.
Friend was told to look at Shaw’s tackle on the monitor before he decided it was just a yellow
Robbie Brady was almost sent off moments after play continued from Shaw’s tackle for fouling Edinson Cavani – but VAR ruled it out and recommended Friend to look at Shaw’s again
‘For me that is reckless and dangerous. I think he is really lucky.
‘I think the other one (Brady) could have been a red card if you didn’t have to take the play back because Shaw’s was certainly a foul.’
Gary Neville agreed that England international Shaw would’ve been delighted that he got away with just a caution.
He added: ‘I think Luke Shaw’s lucky because he follows through and his studs catch him. I think that’s the best (yellow card) Luke could have hoped for.’
‘I think both managers can be happy that they didn’t get a player sent off there.’