Manchester United coach, Ole Gunner Solksjaer has reacted to the controversial penalty decision by the VAR in today’s match against Chelsea in the 14th minute claiming it had taken two points away from them.
A scuffle in the penalty box after Mendy punched an Anthony Martial free-kick led to a fight for the ball in mid-air led to Chelsea’s Callum Hudson Odoi being adjudged not to have handled the ball in the scuffle that involved Reds player, Mason Greenwood.
Image showing Callum Hudson-Odoi (right) handling the ball in mid-air.
In an exclusive interview with Skysports, Ole Gunner Solksjaer revealed that VAR was unfair to them. According to Solskjaer, it was a clear handball that could have added two extra points giving them a win over Thomas Tuchel’s side.
“Especially when they stop it and he walks across to the VAR. From here, you can clearly see that it was a handball that they are shouting it’s handball for our player. When you look at it on the video, it has taken two points away from us” he stated.
According to him, the outside influences against Manchester United especially as it creates some sort of vindictiveness against his player, Harry Maguire, for regularly forcing referees to take penalties after watching VAR is one of the reasons why perhaps the referee didn’t also want to give it along the lines of not causing a controversy.
“It’s all these outside influences, even the VAR talk before the game here on Harry, when they put that on the website, that’s cheeky. It’s influencing referees. You can go back and look at the website. It’s putting pressure on the referees to give penalties against us” he intimated.
Ole Gunner Solksjaer who was happy with the overall attitude of the players also bemoaned their lack of critical finishing and inability to create goal-scoring chances against Chelsea and were also robbed of a potential penalty by VAR that could have given them a victory for the evening.
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🗣 "I can't say (what the referee said to Maguire), that's not going to be good for him."
🗣 "That's cheeky what they put on their website."
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SOURCE: OBCOMMUNICATION.COM SPORTS DESK