Manchester United’s coach, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has fired back at Chelsea and Tottenham boss, Frank Lampard and Jose Mourinho over claims that Manchester United have been most favoured by VAR this season.
Ahead of the FA Cup semi-final clash between Chelsea and Man Utd scheduled on Sunday in Wembley, Frank Lampard during a press meeting said that United have “got a few in their favour” when it comes to VAR decisions during recent Premier League games, with Jose Mourinho also saying that his old club had been “lucky”.
United have been awarded 13 penalties in this season so far, while Thursday’s clash with Crystal Palace saw United escaped being penalized when Victor Lindelof brought Wilfried Zara down in the penalty area and Jordan Ayew goal was ruled out for a marginal offside.
Solskjaer, who moved to dismiss negative attempts about VAR favouring his team said that United have themselves been victims of questionable decisions in recent games, such as a late challenge by Oriol Romeu on Mason Greenwood that went unpunished in the 2-2 draw with Southampton.
Solskjaer told United’s website:
“How long have we got?” he said on Saturday. “I can sit here for hours now and try to talk about this. It looks like there’s a narrative. It looks like people want to influence whoever’s making the decisions.“I hear people talking about luck, that we’ve been lucky more than unlucky. If you look at the factual decisions â€“ I don’t want to sound like a certain manager talking about facts â€“ but if you’re offside, you’re offside. That’s clear.“Talking about lucky, the penalty we got against Tottenham in the last minute that was taken away from us, that might be two points for us.“Talking about the red card that Romeu should have had against us when he got Mason Greenwood almost crippled, that should’ve been a red card. Maybe that would’ve helped us.“Talking about Mark Noble when he should have been sent off against us when we lost at West Ham [in September].“Talking about the actual decision that is made that is against Man United but is overturned and corrected. So, it’s actually me that should be complaining that we get decisions against us on the pitch by the on-field referee.“There’s a narrative there but we have to focus on our games. We let other people talk about that. I don’t want to go too much into it because I might be in trouble. I hope I’m not now!“I’m pretty relaxed on these and refs are going to be making objective decisions and are not going to be influenced by any emotion in any way.”