Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has hit back at the comments of Frank Lampard who said Manchester United are being favoured by the VAR in recent weeks. Solskjaer has denied his side have received fortunate decisions from VAR and believes rivals are attempting to put pressure on match officials.
“It looks like there’s a narrative. It looks like people want to influence whoever is making the decisions,” said Solskjaer. “I hear people talking about luck, that we’ve been lucky more than unlucky. If you look at the factual decisions – and I don’t want to sound like a certain manager talking about facts – but if you’re offside, you’re offside – that is clear.”
“Talking about luck… the penalty that we got against Tottenham in the last minute that was taken away from us, the might have been two points for us. “Talking about the red card that [Oriol] Romeu should have had against us when he got Mason Greenwood almost crippled, that should have been a red card. Maybe that would have helped us. Talking about Mark Noble when he should have been sent off against us when we lost to West Ham.”
“Talking about the actual decision that is made, that is against Manchester United but is overturned and corrected. So it is actually me that should be complaining that we get decisions against us on the pitch by the onfield referee. There is a narrative there but we just have to focus on our games and let other people talk.”
Solskjaer hopes the referee will not be influenced and has full faith in the match officials making the correct decisions. “I’m pretty relaxed about this,” he added. “Referees are going to be making objective decisions. They’re not going to be influenced by any emotion anyway, I don’t think they’ll read it.”