Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blames Jurgen Klopp for lack of penalties
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes his side are not getting penalties following comments by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp. Manchester United has been denied many chances of getting a penalty this season. Last time out at West Ham, they were denied three chances which happened on Ronaldo which referee Atkinson refused to award. And also one at the carabao cup which they were defeated 1-0 at old Trafford, where Noble held Jesse Lingard’s Shirt in the 18-yard box which was not given. Solskjaer had hit back at the remark at the time, calling the German out for his efforts to influence officials
In January, Klopp said: ‘We cannot change. I hear now that Man United had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half years. I’ve no idea if that’s my fault, or how that can happen.’. He made the pointed comment following his side’s defeat at Southampton in January with the Reds’ hopes of a title challenge slipping away after the turn of the year.
Solskjaer had hit back at the remark at the time, calling the German out for his efforts to influence officials.
Solskjaer felt his side were denied “two stonewall penalties” in a 2-1 league win against West Ham last Sunday, while he also felt his side should have had a spot-kick in a Carabao Cup defeat by the Hammers on Wednesday.
Klopp made his comments after a 1-0 defeat against Southampton last season in which he felt his side should have been awarded a penalty.
‘We should have had three penalties in the last two games. There was a certain manager who worried about us getting pens last year and after that, it seems like the decisions were more difficult to give. I’ve seen a big difference since then on. You just have to leave it to the refs and hope they make the right calls very soon.
Ronaldo was also denied a penalty in United’s Champions League defeat to Young Boys in Switzerland last week but has still contributed four goals in his first three games since returning to the club.
‘We knew he was going to have a great impact on and off the pitch and Cristiano is still so professional,’ added Solskjaer.
The discipline he’s showed throughout his career to make the most of it has rubbed off on his teammates. I’ve been delighted with him. He’s a different man now to when I played with him. He’s been absolutely top, his work rate and attitude to games, his communication. He knows he’s not going to play every game but that’s a good chat to have with me when he won’t be ready.’
Solskjaer admits teams will single out Ronaldo for special treatment but believes that could benefit the rest of the team.