Man Utd penalty record since Jurgen Klopp comments justify Ole Gunnar Solskjaer anger

Man Utd: Solskjaer questions influence over penalty decisions

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s anger has been justified in the wake of his side’s Premier League draw with Chelsea on Sunday. The Norwegian was furious after his side were denied a penalty at Stamford Bridge. And he hinted after the game his side have been hampered by comments made elsewhere.

United have clocked up a big amount of penalties during Solskjaer’s reign.

And, speaking in January, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hit out at the decision to give the Norwegian’s side so many spot-kicks.

“Man Utd had more penalties in two years than me in five-and-a-half years… but no excuses for tonight,” he said after his side lost 1-0 to Southampton.

Klopp’s claim was actually factually wrong.

Liverpool had won 30 penalties under the German at that point, albeit over a longer time period, with United on 27 at the time.

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Since then, some decisions have gone against Solskjaer’s side.

And Joe Smith, who works on YouTube Channel the Stretford Paddock, has now taken to Twitter to share some statistics.

United were furious on Sunday, believing they should have had a penalty against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

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Callum Hudson-Odoi appeared to handle the ball inside the box but referee Stuart Attwell, despite looking at the VAR monitor, opted against giving a spot-kick.

Solskjaer was furious and now, based off the stats, he may have a point.

Before, United had amassed 11 penalties in 25 games – averaging one every 204 minutes.

But they’ve only been given two penalties in 16 games since, meaning they now average one every 720 minutes instead.

It’s a stat that speaks volumes and Solskjaer, after the game, showed his angry side by expressing a belief Chelsea’s own website influenced the match.

He also referred to ‘outside influences’, saying: “Of course it is [concerning]. I don’t want to cause controversy but that’s not right, is it?

“It’s all these outside influences, VAR talk from [Chelsea] about Harry – that’s cheeky putting it on their website, that’s influencing referees.

“You can read what they’re saying about Harry Maguire, putting pressure on referees to give penalties against us.

“We’ve seen a manager, was it Frank [Lampard] that started it? There’s loads of talk about us getting penalties when there is no doubt whatsoever.

“And now, today, we should have had a penalty. That’s as clear as it is.”

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, meanwhile, has predictable stated Attwell was right not to give a penalty.

“How can this be an intervention?” said the German, who is yet to lose since taking over from Frank Lampard in January.

“The player in red plays the ball with his hand and then we are checking for a penalty.

“Why does the referee have to see this? You watch it for one second on the pad, or you watch it on the field live and then I see it on the pad, why does the referee need to see this?

“He does everything right, I don’t understand why he needs to check it but I’m glad it’s no penalty because that would be even worse.”

United are next in action against Crystal Palace on Wednesday.

And they’ll be hoping to avoid a repeat of what happened earlier in the season, with Roy Hodgson’s side winning 3-1 at Old Trafford.

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