Old Trafford and Anfield may be forced to have giant screens installed thanks to Arsene Wenger


Manchester United and Liverpool have possibly the two most iconic stadiums in English football.

Old Trafford and Anfield are famous around the world. Big European nights at both stadiums are truly special occasions.

They’re also two of the oldest football grounds in the country. Old Trafford has been United’s home ground since 1910, while Liverpool have played at Anfield since they were formed way back in 1892.

Both stadiums have had plenty of work done in recent times in order to modernise them.

Old Trafford boasts a 74,000 capacity, while the capacity of Anfield is set to rise from 53,000 to 61,000 after Liverpool announced plans for a £60 million expansion of the Anfield Road stand in November.

However, neither ground features a big screen.

Unlike most of their Premier League counterparts, Man Utd and Liverpool have avoided installing a big screen in their stadiums.

But that could be about to change - all because of Arsene Wenger.

The former Arsenal manager - who currently works as FIFA’s head of global development and is effectively the boss of the International FA Board (IFAB), football’s lawmakers - wants to change the offside law for next season in order to end VAR chaos.

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One of his main ideas is that a player would be deemed onside if any part of their body which can legitimately score a goal is either level or behind the last defender - even if other parts are in front.

This is according to The Sun, who also claim that Wenger wants fans inside the stadium to be able to see and hear the communication between VAR officials and referees.

‘And under Wenger’s direction,’ the report adds, ‘Manchester United and Liverpool will be ordered to install giant screens at Old Trafford and Anfield to ensure consistency across the Prem and in European competitions where VAR is in use.’

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This makes a lot of sense and is surely a change that many football fans would welcome.

If scrapping VAR altogether isn’t an option, then the next best thing for match-going fans is being privy to what’s actually going on when the controversial technology is being used.

More traditional Man Utd and Liverpool fans may not be particularly pleased about the idea of a big screen being installed at their stadiums.

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But if VAR is here to stay then it’s probably vital for every Premier League ground to have a screen which makes things a little clearer for supporters.

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