In Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was angered by referee Stuart Attwell’s refusal to give Manchester United a penalty.
United was controversially denied an early chance to take the lead in a game where the two sides largely canceled each other out.
Edouard Mendy parried a Marcus Rashford free-kick back into the danger zone, pulling Mason Greenwood and Callum Hudson-Odoi towards it.
The VAR advised Attwell to check the incident on the pitchside monitor after the Chelsea player’s hand was raised and made contact with the ball.
However, he held to his original decision not to give a penalty, which perplexed Solskjaer.
“Yep, 100 percent,” Solskjaer said when asked by Sky Sports if United should have had a penalty.
“No, not at all,” he said when asked if he could understand Attwell’s decision.
“Particularly when they interrupt it [the game] to review the incident and he walks across to watch it. It’s a handball to me, but you think it’s our player who does it, and they [the Chelsea bench] are shouting it’s handball for our player, and then you look at the video and it’s cost us two points.”
Left-back for Manchester United In a post-match interview with Sky Sports, Luke Shaw reported that Attwell told captain Harry Maguire that awarding the penalty “would cause a lot of talk about it afterward.”
Despite being informed of the allegation, Solskjaer declined to repeat it, stating, “I can’t tell because that’s not going to be good for him [Attwell].” Of course, it’s [inquisitive].”
Shaw’s exact words were then read aloud to Solskjaer, who shared his dissatisfaction before venting his rage at pre-match comments on Chelsea’s website that highlighted Maguire’s recent brushes with VAR, indicating that such material would affect referees.
“Exactly. I didn’t say it [Shaw’s remarks], so I don’t want to start a war, but it’s not right, is it?” he said.