Luke Shaw claims referee Stuart Atwell told Harry Maguire that Manchester United were going to receive a penalty following a VAR check for handball in the first half of their 0-0 draw with Chelsea. It initially appeared that Mason Greenwood had handled in the Blues box but replays showed that the ball in fact hit the hand of Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The referee was then asked to go and check the pitchside monitor for a potential penalty for United.
However, following an assessment Atwell decided against awarding the penalty and allowed play to continue despite a break in play.
Luke Shaw has now given his reflection of the incident, claiming the players on the field were left confused following an exchange between Maguire and Atwell.
The left-back told Sky Sports: “At the time I saw a handball but I wasn’t sure whether it was Mason or Callum.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left incensed with the incident and hit out at the authorities in his interview with Sky Sports.
He said: “No, not whatsoever, not at all [can’t understand why penalty wasn’t given]. Especially when he stops it and walks over to watch it. From here [pitch side] you can see it’s a handball but you think it’s our player who does it.
Before adding on what Atwell allegedly told Maguire: “I can’t say, because that’s not going to be good for him. Of course it is [concerning] — I didn’t say it, I don’t want to cause controversy. It’s not right is it?”
Solskjaer also hit out at Chelsea for a comment on their official website regarding United’s captain Maguire, in which the Blues claimed the officials needed to watch the defender closely.
It read: “The Man United’s 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 violet challenge on Michy Batshuayi that may have well affected the outcome.”
Solskjaer angrily said: “It’s all these outside influences. Even the VAR talk before the game on Harry [Maguire]. That’s cheeky when they [Chelsea] put that on their website. That’s influencing the referees.
“We’ve seen… Was it Frank [Lampard] who started it? There’s loads of talk about us getting penalties when there is no doubt whatsoever and now of course we should have had a penalty. That’s as clear as it is.”