Solskjaer accuses Lampard of ‘influencing’ referees in Sunday 3-1 defeat


Solskjaer has suggested Frank Lampard’s influencing of officials had a huge impact on Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final 3-1 defeat to Chelsea.

Just before Olivier Giroud opened the scoring in the first half, Anthony Martial appeared to be brought down by Kurt Zouma but the referee ignored the protests.

Prior to the FA Cup match, Lampard had told his team to be careful of Bruno Fernandes and questioned a couple of VAR decisions that went in favour of United.

Solskjaer reacted furiously at his press conference the following day, saying a ‘narrative’ was being created against the Red devils, and he felt that was the case at Wembley, with Chelsea’s Zouma escaping a red.

While speaking to Sky Sports, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: ‘What did my [son] Noah say the other day? It was 21 fouls and no bookings the other way.

‘I don’t want to go into it again, but while you’re at it, Anthony’s on the ball and he [Zouma] kicks through his foot.

‘That’s a red card and a sending off. But that’s how small the margins are in football.

‘But it seemed that little bit of influencing the officials worked. I don’t want to start criticising because it sounds like it’s sour grapes but it isn’t.’

Addressing the Red devils’ top-four hopes ahead of their last two games, Solskjaer added: ‘We know that we’ve got two games, we’ve got a great chance to achieve something that no one believed we could do.

‘We’ve come so far as a team, we’re very close now to the end of the season so there’s no point leaving any energy in the dressing room, now it’s going to be left on the pitch.’


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