Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decided to blame an article on Chelsea’s official page for their draw last night. Chelsea and Manchester United played out a pretty dull game which was mostly played in the midfield. Chances were few for both sides however, United were arguably the one who had the biggest chance of the night. It was a controversial call when it seemed like Callum Hudson Odoi used his hand to control the ball in his own penalty box. However, after a VAR review, referee, Stuart Attwell decided that it was not intentional at all and no penalty was given.
United boss is not happy with the referee for not awarding the penalty.
This decision has obviously angered the Manchester United manager as he claimed that the Blues had influenced the referees by insinuating that the Red Devils benefit more from the VAR. The London side had posted a pre-match article on chelseafc.com which stated that United had benefited from bad refereeing in their previous meetings. Although it was supposed to be a pre-match briefing, there was definitely some shade thrown towards the referee. The article said,
In recent Chelsea meetings the Red Devils’ centre-back has survived VAR reviews of a potential penalty foul on Cesar Azpilicueta and violent challenge on Michy Batshuayi that may well have affected the outcome.” – Source chelseafc.com
Solskjaer claimed that this was a way for the club to badmouth the Manchester side by insinuating that the VAR supports them more than the other side. In an interview with Sky Sports, the former United player went on to say that it was in fact Frank Lampard who started the talks about United getting more penalties, and thus the referees did not give them the one on Sunday. He said,
“It’s all this outside influences, VAR talk before the game on Harry, cheeky when they put that on the website. That’s influencing referees.”
“You can read what they’re saying about Harry Maguire and putting pressure on referees to give penalties against us.” – Source Goal
From a neutral perspective, the ball did seem to hit the hand of Hudson-Odoi however, it was also evident that it was completely unintentional and neither did it stop an attack from developing. However, rules are rules and United fans will feel like they have been cheated as penalties have been given on smaller errors such as the one against Liverpool where Raheem Sterling was clipped by Fabinho’s non-tackling foot. The new rules state that any foul in the penalty area should result in a penalty and perhaps Chelsea were a bit lucky to get away with that.
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