Manchester United are the biggest beneficiaries of VAR in the Premier League - and would be four places lower in the table without it.
Video assistant referees have the power to veto on-field decisions - but if we reverse those decisions back to the original call, we can work out which goals would and wouldn't have stood without VAR.
Just to be clear though, for our table, we're not awarding penalties that VAR would have or taking red cards into account. We're purely awarding or disallowing goals.
What would the table look like without VAR?
|2. Manchester City||8||5||2||1||17||3||14||17||⬆️ 1|
|3. Liverpool||8||5||1||2||23||6||17||16||⬇️ 1|
|4. Brighton & Hove Albion||8||4||3||1||8||5||3||15||⬅️|
|5. West Ham United||8||4||2||2||15||10||5||14||⬆️ 2|
|6. Brentford||8||4||2||2||10||6||4||14||⬆️ 3|
|7. Everton||8||4||1||3||12||9||3||13||⬆️ 1|
|8. Tottenham Hotspur||8||4||0||4||9||11||-2||12||⬇️ 3|
|9. Wolverhampton Wanderers||8||4||0||4||8||8||0||12||⬆️ 1|
|10. Manchester United||8||3||2||3||17||10||7||11||⬇️ 4|
|11. Arsenal||8||3||2||3||7||12||-5||11||⬆️ 1|
|12. Leicester City||8||3||1||4||13||14||-1||10||⬇️ 1|
|13. Aston Villa||8||3||1||4||12||12||0||10||⬅️|
|14. Crystal Palace||8||1||5||2||10||13||-3||8||⬅️|
|15. Leeds United||8||2||2||4||7||15||-8||8||⬆️ 2|
|16. Newcastle United||8||2||2||4||10||16||-6||8||⬆️ 3|
|17. Watford||8||2||1||5||6||15||-9||7||⬇️ 1|
|18. Southampton||8||1||3||4||5||11||-6||6||⬇️ 3|
|19. Burnley||8||1||2||5||6||14||-8||5||⬇️ 1|
|20. Norwich City||8||0||2||6||1||15||-14||2||⬅️|
While the general goal here and there often has no bearing on a final result, sometimes VAR can turn a win into a draw and a draw into a win.
Brentford, for example, were hindered by the video assistant referee awarding a goal for Liverpool in their 3-3 draw; Everton, meanwhile, had a Yerry Mina goal chalked off against Manchester United. Had it have stood, the score would have been 2-1 to Everton.
From that, we can conclude were both of these decisions not interfered with by VAR, they would have helped to take Brentford above United in the table. Getting it now?
Of course, we're not suggesting for a minute that any of these decisions are wrong. Whether VAR was right to interrupt the on-field official and overturn a decision is not what we're trying to prove here - just how different the table could look, were we not to have video technology...
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