Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has furiously hit back at claims that his team have been ‘luckier’ than other sides – and benefited from more VAR decisions – he said he should be the one complaining.
United have had more decisions in their favour by VAR than any other Premier League team, as well as being given the most penalties, and that continued in their recent game against Crystal Palace.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has questioned some of the VAR decisions that have benefited the Red devils this campaign, while Jose Mourinho said they have been ‘a bit lucky’ in their race for a place in the top-four.
But Solskjaer rejects their claims and says United have not benefitted more than any other club from VAR.
Asked about Lampard’s comments, Solskjaer said: ‘Well, how long have we got? I can sit here for hours now and try to talk about this. It looks like there’s a narrative, it looks like people want to influence whoever is making the decisions.
‘But, I hear people talking about luck, that we’ve been lucky more than unlucky, then if you look at the factual decisions – I don’t want to sound like a certain manager talking about facts – but if you’re offside, you’re offside. That’s clear.
‘Talking about lucky, the penalty we got against Tottenham in the last minute that was taken away from us – that might be two points for us.
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‘Talking about the red card that [Oriol] Romeu should have had against us when he got Mason Greenwood almost crippled. That should have been a red card, maybe that would have helped us.
‘Talking about Mark Noble when he should have been sent off against us when we lost to West Ham. ‘Talking about the actual decision that is made, that is against Man United, but it is overturned and corrected.
‘So there is actually me that should be complaining that we get decisions against us on the pitch by the on-field referee.
‘So there’s a narrative there. But we just have to focus on our games. Let other people talk about that.
‘I don’t want to go too much into that because you might be in trouble. I’m pretty relaxed on these but of course referees are going to be making objective decisions, they’re not going to be influenced by any emotion anyway. So I don’t think they’ll read it.’