Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes that opposing coaches’ talk about his team’s penalty kicks could be a way of trying to influence the referees’ decisions.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said after the 1-0 loss to Southampton in the Premier League on Monday that he was baffled about why his club had not awarded a penalty and claimed that the referee’s decision would have been different if other teams were in the match.
Klopp added in an interview after the match that United had won more penalties in two years than Liverpool had during their five and a half years of existence.
“I don’t count how many penalties we get, so if you want to spend time feeling anxious about when we’re going wrong inside the area, I’m not spending my time on it,” Solskjaer told reporters before facing Manchester City in the League Cup on Wednesday.
He recalled that United were denied a penalty in the FA Cup semi-final last season when they lost to Chelsea after rival coach Frank Lampard said the video assistant referee’s decisions were in United’s favor.
The Norwegian coach added, “I cannot speak on behalf of the other coaches. Why would they say such things?”
He added, “I certainly feel that this happened last year in the semi-finals of the FA Cup because Frank spoke about it and after that we were denied a penalty that we should have obtained.”
He continued, “Maybe it is a way to influence the arbitration. I don’t know, but I am not concerned about that. When we make a foul inside the area it becomes a penalty. That happens when you make a mistake inside the area.”
Manchester United will play Watford in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday and will be on a date with a difficult test in the Premier League with a match against Liverpool on January 17th.