Manchester United have been fined £20,000 for failing to control their players during the Premier League defeat to Liverpool earlier this month, the Football Association has announced.
Several United players surrounded referee Craig Pawson after Roberto Firmino’s goal was initially allowed to stand in the 26th minute of the match at Anfield.
The video assistant referee subsequently ruled the goal out for a foul on goalkeeper David De Gea by Virgil van Dijk, but United have been sanctioned for their reaction to the initial on-pitch decision.
An FA statement read: “Manchester United FC has been fined £20,000 after admitting a breach of FA Rule E20 and accepting the standard penalty.
“The club failed to ensure its players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion during the 26th minute of a Premier League fixture against Liverpool FC on 19 January 2020.”
United followed up their defeat to Jurgen Klopp‘s side with another loss on Wednesday, as Burnley claimed their first win at Old Trafford since 1962.
The poor run of form brought boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s future into further question but reports on Thursday claimed the Norwegian has retained the full support of the board.
Solskjaer insisted in his press conference on Friday that his rebuild with the club will take time.
He said: “I think our fans know what we have started on and I’ve been trusted to do that job and that rebuild doesn’t go one way all the time. It doesn’t just go ‘we’re doing great’, ‘we’re doing great’, I’ve said it so many times.
“The foundation has to be laid and the culture has to be properly set and laid down and this group is a good core of players that believe in themselves and what we’re doing to carry us forward with signings and players coming back.
“You need to knock the house down, you don’t just start with the roof, we’ve had some rainy days and wish that roof was on, but we can’t hide.”
Meanwhile, United’s move for Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes appears to have been called off, according to reports.
United have been locked in talks with the Portuguese side over a deal for Fernandes for over a week, with the transfer fee said to be a key issue.
According to The Sun, Sporting are said to be unwilling to budge on their valuation and United are unlikely to meet the financial demands.
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