100 days since the last Premier League game was played, Aston Villa and Sheffield United faced off to bring LIVE football back!
Before a ball was even kicked, Michael Oliver blew his whistle to start the game and all players and coach’s drop to one knee to acknowledge BLACK LIVES MATTER and to remember George Floyd who was the victim of another police brutality incident in the United States. It was a moving sight to see and a great gesture from both teams to make. This is what football needs: all players coming together no matter your skin colour.
A cagey and tentative start for both teams, no real chances were created within the first half an hour and lack of match practise really showed in both teams.
The talk of the match came in the 42nd minute when Oliver Norwood swung in a free-kick from the edge of the box. It missed absolutely everyone and the Villa keeper, Orjan Nyland fumbled the ball into the side of his own net and wedged the ball between himself and the back of the post. Sheffield United players run off celebrating, but the goal was not given. Michael Oliver indicated to the players that nothing was showing on his watch.
Villa had a few chances saved by Dean Henderson in the second half and could feel they should have won the game, but both sides really lacked that sharpness that you need to take the game by the scruff of the neck.
Why VAR didn’t step in, in the first half, We do not know, but it would have taken less than 1 minute for the team at Stockley Park to have given the goal the Sheffield United.
The first game back after over three months will not be remembered for its quality, but for a fatal technology error.