Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit back at Jurgen Klopp for claiming Manchester United get awarded too many penalties.
United have been awarded 42 penalties in two years under Solskajer, compared to Liverpool ’s 46 in over five years under Klopp, a point referenced by the Anfield manager after his side’s 1-0 defeat at Southampton.
But Solskajer responded, accusing them of trying to influence referees and appeared to mock former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez’s infamous “facts” rant of 2009 about the number of decisions that went United’s way.
Asked about Klopp’s penalties jibe, Solskjaer said: “And that’s a fact! It’s a fact that we’ve got more than him but I don’t know how many penalties they’ve had.
“I don’t count how many penalties they have, so if they want to spend time on worrying about when we get fouled in the box, I don’t spend time on that.
“I can’t talk on behalf of other managers, why they say things like this.
“Obviously I felt it worked last year in the semi-final in the FA Cup, because Frank spoke about it and we had a nailed-on penalty that we should have had that we didn’t get, so maybe it’s a way of influencing referees.
“I don’t know but I don’t worry about that. When they foul our players it’s a penalty. It’s just when it’s inside the box.”
United host local rivals Manchester City tonight in the Carabao Cup semi-final tonight, with Solskajer confident his players can progress to the final.
He said: “We’ve developed a lot in the last 12 months since the last semi-final in the Carabao Cup.
“But it’s not just learning to win semis, we’ve also earned the right to feel we can go all the way with our performances.”