Sir Alex Ferguson admits he is not a fan of the much-maligned VAR system, but the legendary Manchester United manager will come to accept it.

A man who needs no introduction at Old Trafford and beyond, it's been eight years since the Scot retired with the club's most-recent Premier League trophy in his hands.

Since then, it's been a barren time for United managers - and supporters - when it comes to winning silverware.

But the game has, meanwhile, been thrust into the 21st century with several technology-based additions to how decisions are made by officials across the board in the Premier League, Champions League and other competitions throughout Europe.

Indeed, you might suggest VAR and other such 'gimmicks' have created a 'different world' within elite sport.

Speaking about the controversial video replay system on a special guest appearance for the UTD Podcast, the 79-year-old said: "It's a different world. It's only eight years [since I retired]. Look at VAR. To me, the most talked about issue.

"VAR was not used once [during United's victory against Newcastle United]. Supporters will enjoy that better, the game not stopping for two or three minutes at a time."

Sir Alex added: "When I was in my last year [at United], they asked the managers about it, about doing VAR.

"They experimented in Italy in the Super Cup and I don't think any manager actually supported it. The game's alright, you know?

"The problem with VAR and any of the things it changes, FIFA come up with ideas. Like having the ball in the centre of the pitch at kick-off and you have to pass it back. You tell me what good that does?

"Or passing the ball in the penalty box from the goalkeepers? It's like gimmicks. The goalline technology, that stayed in and no-one's complained one bit about it.

"Now there's your situation with VAR being there. It's not going to go away. We'll eventually get used to it and stop complaining."

No stranger to sharing his views with officials - on and off the field - during a history-making, trophy-laden 26 years at the Old Trafford helm, Sir Alex has seen every type of decision imaginable throughout his career as a player and a manager.

He continued: "The controversy in terms of decisions is always going to be the referee's performance. For 100 years, we've moaned and groaned about the referee and decisions, but we get on with it.

"It happens and the referee has got to make a decision. He may be right, he may be wrong. Most of the time he may be right, but he sometimes gets it wrong. There's nothing wrong with that.

"In VAR, the interpretation is who's sitting up in that box discussing it. It shows they get it wrong, too."

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