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Chelsea website comments on Harry Maguire that led to furious Solskjaer rant


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fumed after Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea, taking aim at rival bosses and, intriguingly, the Blues’ website.

The Red Devils chief was in no doubt that his side should have been awarded a penalty for a first-half handball by Callum Hudson-Odoi.

The England midfielder handled after a Marcus Rashford free-kick was beaten away by Edouard Mendy as he tussled with Mason Greenwood.

Referee Stuart Attwell did not give the penalty, but was called aside by the VAR to have a look at the decision and see if he wanted to overturn his initial decision.

Attwell elected not to, much to the displeasure of United, with Luke Shaw alleging post-game that Attwell had told the Red Devils’ captain Harry Maguire “if it’s a penalty then it’s going to cause a lot of talk about it after.”

Solskjaer post-game insisted his side should have been awarded the spot-kick “100 percent”.



Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was far from pleased

And he then took aim, declaring referees have been influenced by “outside influences”.

Interestingly, one of those about whom, Solskjaer vented was the home side’s website, with the United boss citing a pre-match article entitled ‘Pre-match briefing: Chelsea vs Man United’.

He said: “I don’t want to cause controversy. It’s not right is it? It’s all these outside influences. Even the VAR talk before the game here on Harry. That’s cheeky.

“That’s cheeky when they put that on the website. That’s influencing referees. You can go back and look at the website.”



The Chelsea website had said a few things about Harry Maguire in the build-up
The Chelsea website had said a few things about Harry Maguire in the build-up

The article to which he referenced took aim at Harry Maguire and incidents involving the United captain in the Red Devils’ own penalty box this season that didn’t lead to penalties.

It declared: “The Man United skipper’s actions will also be under scrutiny again on Sunday after his penalty area tangle with Jamal Lascelles last weekend.

“In recent Chelsea meetings the Red Devils’ centre-back has survived VAR reviews of a potential penalty foul on Cesar Azpilicueta and violent challenge on Michy Batshuayi that may well have affected the outcome.”

Solskjaer would continue, taking aim at his rivals, declaring: “They are putting pressure on the referees. There was a manager, was it Frank [Lampard], who started it?

“I’m a bit confused we’re not getting penalties after the noise that was made about us getting them a month or two ago.

“Managers have influenced referees and they shouldn’t do. I was very surprised by today’s decision after looking at the video. We should have had a penalty.”

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