Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has blamed the match officials and VAR for the 1-2 defeat to Crystal Palace. The coach revealed that he was surprised that VAR failed to intervene to award more penalties in the game.
Man United were given one penalty kick in the 2-1 loss at Old Trafford after Scott McTominay was tripped in the box by Palace captain Luka Milivojevic.
England international Marcus Rashford had a chance to draw United level in the second half but his shot agonisingly struck the upright.
However, when speaking to MUTV and in his post-match press conference, Ole revealed that other incidents should have resulted in penalties. “There were a few other [penalties we should have been given], definitely. I think we were unlucky with the [Anthony] Martial one as we felt it was a clear and obvious penalty, a nailed-on one.”
Referring to the incident that saw the French forward seemingly brought down in the box by Martin Kelly, the United manager spoke of his surprise that VAR wasn’t used to review the potential foul.
Solskjaer said: “I am surprised [VAR didn’t intervene] because it was definitely a nailed-on penalty. He will not slip if he doesn’t have a 100kg centre-back on his shoulders.”
The Norwegian tactician also claimed that Palace defender Gary Cahill should have been shown a straight red card, rather than the yellow he did receive, after bringing down Martial in the first half.
“I don’t want to go on about decisions all the time, but he was clear and through on goal, one-on-one, and [the foul] stops a goalscoring opportunity. For me, it is no doubt,” the Manchester United boss disclosed.
Manchester United will hope to get back to winning ways when they travel to Saint Mary’s to play Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.
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