Later News Sep 26

Solskjaer gets his wish for a penalty granted, but rages over Villa antics and ‘offside’ goal

There is just no pleasing Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, is there?


After finally getting his wish for a penalty this season, with referee Mike Dean (it had to be him, of course) awarding the Red Devils a spot-kick in their English Premier League (EPL) clash against Aston Villa last night (SGT).


Unfortunately for Solskjaer, the lack of penalties in their last few matches had made his players rusty, and Bruno Fernandes – who scored 93% of his penalties before yesterday – contrived to sky his injury-time spot-kick way over the bar.


Fernandes’ miss cemented United’s their first loss in the EPL this season, as Villa held on to an 88th minute Kortney Hause goal to secure a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.


Solskjaer, however, refused to blame Fernandes for his team’s defeat. And with Dean having awarded his side a spot-kick, the Norwegian could no longer blame the match officials for being stingy with their penalties.


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But Solskjaer still found something that wasn’t his tactics nor his players to blame for the defeat, with the 48-year-old this time complaining about Villa’s goal being allowed to stand.


“Unfortunately, I've got to say it: it's offside. The goal, as Hause is heading it, (Ollie) Watkins is actually touching David (De Gea), he's impeding him,” moaned Solskjaer.


“I can't see the consistency anywhere in this VAR decision-making. They've come out in the corridor, and I've asked them for an explanation. The linesman flagged it up with VAR and definitely VAR has gone wrong again.”


Solskjaer also turned his anger towards the Villa players for their sh*thousery before Fernandes’ penalty, which saw goalkeeper/psychologist Emi Martinez make a very public show of asking Cristiano Ronaldo to take the spot-kick instead.


“I didn’t enjoy it, I didn’t like it, the way they crowded the referee and the penalty spot and tried to affect him (Fernandes),” said Solskjaer, who clearly must have been hit on the head by the ball after the game when Fernandes’ penalty finally dropped from the sky, which caused him to temporarily forget how United players behaved under Sir Alex Ferguson.


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“It clearly worked for them but that’s not great to see. But they achieved what they needed to and got what they wanted to.”


Someone who was spared Solskjaer’s criticism, however, was Fernandes, with the United manager backing the Portuguese star to bounce back from his uncharacteristic miss.


“Bruno is normally very good in those positions and unfortunately just missed this one. It doesn't get into Bruno's head, he's strong mentally and he'll step forward again,” Solskjaer declared.


The good news for United is that despite their defeat, they remain in the thick of the title race following last night’s other results, which saw Manchester City beat Chelsea 1-0, while Liverpool were held to a thrilling 3-3 draw by Brentford.


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This means United are now fourth in the table on 13 points – level with the Blues and Man City – and just one point behind current league leaders Liverpool.




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