Solskjaer cries out over penalty denials against Man United

Manchester United gaffer Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken his frustration to the media over the incessant denial of penalties that should have been awarded to his team this season.

Some football enthusiasts believe that Ole’s recent outburst is a sly dig on a Premier League top gaffer. He concluded that he(the manager) could be the echo behind Manchester United’s penalty denial over the last few games both in the league and in the league cup.

Ole during his pre-match conference in preparation for Saturday early kickoff encounter against Dean Smith’s Aston Villa at Old Trafford, pointed out that one manager’s comments in the league on United penalties situation last season may have distorted and badly influenced match officials – referees to be conscious of giving them the ‘deserved penalty’ this campaign.

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He reiterated further “We should’ve had 3 penalties in the last 2 games. Last season there was a certain manager worried about us getting penalties. After that, it seems decisions have been more difficult to give. I’ve seen a big difference. Hopefully, referees make rights calls very soon,” said the Manchester manager.

Manchester United have been unlucky since the start of the 2021/22 Premier League campaign, they haven’t been awarded a single penalty despite appearing to have several chances to win one during a game.

With the recent being against Hammers in the Carabao Cup where Jesse Lingard was brought down inside the box and not forgetting the one, they were denied in the Premier League match against the same West ham United last weekend in their Premier League Matchday 5 victory at the London stadium where Cristiano Ronaldo was fouled twice.


In August, The Premier League had put together some rule changes ahead of the 2021-22 Premier League campaign comprising alteration of VAR offside judgments, modifying the handball-related rule, and trying to curb “cynical” penalties.

Holistically, I think the changes are the right steps in the right direction. Those alterations will make the game more “fairer,” and return sanity to the beautiful game without some players banking on tricking match officials to gain favor.