Michael Owen hits back at Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for Chelsea comments

Man Utd: Solskjaer reacts to 0-0 draw with Chelsea

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was wrong to say a 1-0 win at Chelsea on Sunday would have been the “perfect away performance”, according to former Red Devils striker Michael Owen. Chelsea and United played out a goalless draw for the second time in the Premier League this season.

United felt they should have been awarded a penalty in the first half at Stamford Bridge.

Referee Stuart Attwell was advised by VAR to review a potential handball by Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.

But Attwell decided, after reviewing the footage on the pitchside monitor, that a penalty should not be awarded.

Solskjaer made it clear after the match that he felt a penalty should have been given.

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And the Norwegian says it would have been the perfect performance if his team had come away with a 1-0 win.

“Defensively, energy, application, attitude, pressing. Spot on,” Solskjaer told Sky Sports.

“With the ball not good enough. Not enough quality. We didn’t create the chances we hoped for.

“If we score on that breakaway when it was two against one that’s the perfect away performance. Or if you get the penalty.”

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However, Owen disagrees and believes United should be performing at a much higher level than they showed on Sunday.

The Red Devils are yet to score from open play this season against one of the big six teams in the Premier League.

Owen says Solskjaer’s comments were wrong for a club who have the aspirations of United.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer there said ‘we were a decision away from the perfect away performance’,” Owen told Premier League Productions.

“If they had been given a penalty, and let’s say they won 1-0, we’d all be saying ‘great disciplined performance, good defending’, but really, is it? That’s not the perfect away performance.

“As Scholesy said, Manchester City go to teams and absolutely pulverise them.

“They play them off the park, they don’t rely on 50-50 decisions or whatever you want to call it for a penalty.

“Now, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can’t say that’s perfect. In the future, they need to be aiming to do what the likes of City have been doing in recent seasons, they need to be aiming to do what Manchester United were doing 10-15 years ago.

“Not thinking that an away performance as drab as that, and relying on a potential penalty shout, and saying if it happens that it’s the perfect away performance – it is if you’re trying to get into the top four but this is Manchester United you’re talking about.

“These players are world class players, a lot of them.”

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