Ole Gunnar Solskjaer highlighted an incident in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea last season when he suggested that Jurgen Klopp’s remarks on the Manchester United penalty record could influence the referees
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer laughed at Jurgen Klopp’s comparison of the penalty records between Manchester United and Liverpool, but suggested influencing the referees.
Klopp was sad that Liverpool didn’t get either of the two penalties in the second in their 1-0 defeat in Southampton on Monday night Had received half time. Kyle Walker-Peters challenged Sadio Mane and Jack Stephens handball while he blocked a Georginio Wijnaldum shot with impunity from referee Andre Marriner.
After the game, Klopp said: « I now hear that Manchester United will have more penalties in two years had than in five and a half years. I have no idea if that’s my fault or how it can happen. » But it’s not an excuse for performance. We can’t change it, we have to respect the decisions. «
In response, Solskjaer said he wouldn’t spend his time counting while his team prepares to host Manchester City in the Carabao Cup semi-finals live on Sky Sports on Wednesday night.
» That is a fact? Probably, « said Solskjaer. » That will probably be my answer, it is a fact that we have more than them. I’m not counting how many sentences they had, so if they want to spend time worrying if we get fouled in town. « Box … I don’t spend time on it. »
Statistics show Liverpool have received 30 Premier League penalties since Klopp took office in October 2015, while United have received 32 penalties since early 2018/19.
Leicester (45), Man City (43), Man Utd (41) and Crystal Palace (36) are the four Premier League teams that have received more penalties than Liverpool since Klopp’s appointment.
Solskjaer referred to a penalty who was overlooked in last season’s FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea when he suggested a reason why other managers highlight their record.
« I can’t speak on behalf of other managers as to why they say such things » , he said. « I felt like it worked in the FA Cup semifinals last year because Frank [Lampard] talked about it and we had a penalty that we should have had that we didn’t get. »
« Maybe it’s a way of influencing the referees. I don’t know. But I’m not worried about it. If they stain our players, it’s a penalty if they’re in the box. »
United lost They beat Chelsea 3-1 in July last year but were denied a penalty towards the end of the first half after Anthony Martial went down under pressure from Kurt Zouma. Mike Dean waved the hand off while the goal line was still goalless.
After that game, Solskjaer said, « It seemed like some sort of swaying was being made to the function of the officials, » which was reflected in Lampard’s claim that United were « one. » couple of [decisions] in their favor « by VAR in the semi-finals.
Liverpool remain at the top in terms of goal difference ahead of United, but the champions could be replaced as Premier League leaders if they defeat their rivals on March 17 Welcome January to Anfield – live on Sky Sports – when United avoids losing their handball to Burnley.
Klopp isn’t the only one to highlight United’s penalty record. Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has made two references to the number of free kicks his former team has received.
In July last year, Mourinho said Bruno Fernandes « turned out to be a great penalty, one of the best in the world because he did it had to score about 20 points « .
And after Spurs beat Leeds on January 2, Mourinho again targeted United, praising Heung-Min Son for scoring 100 goals for the club.
« To get the Puskas award, to score 100 goals for Tottenham and maybe to be among the top three goalscorers in the Premier League without a penalty, » said Mourinho.
« Some players score 10 goals a season on penalties and I do I’m not talking about Harry Kane by the way. I’m so happy for Son. «
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