Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggests Jurgen Klopp’s penalty claim may be to influence referees

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has laughed off Jurgen Klopp’s comparability of penalty data between Manchester United and Liverpool, however instructed the purpose might have been made to influence referees.

Klopp was aggrieved Liverpool weren’t awarded both of their two second-half penalty appeals within the 1-0 defeat at Southampton on Monday evening, with a Kyle Walker-Peters problem on Sadio Mane and Jack Stephens’ handball whereas blocking a Georginio Wijnaldum shot going unpunished by referee Andre Marriner.

Speaking after the match, Klopp mentioned: “I hear now that Manchester United had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half years. I’ve no idea if that’s my fault, or how that can happen. But it’s no excuse for the performance. We cannot change it, we have to respect the decisions.”

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In response, Solskjaer mentioned he wouldn’t spend his time counting as his facet put together to host Manchester City within the Carabao Cup semi-final on Wednesday night, stay on Sky Sports.

“That’s a fact? Probably,” mentioned Solskjaer. “That’s probably going to be my answer, that’s a fact that we’ve got more than them. I don’t count how many penalties they’ve had, so if they want to spend time on worrying about when we get fouled in the box… I don’t spend time on that.”

What do the penalty stats say?

Statistics present Liverpool have been awarded 30 Premier League penalties since Klopp took cost in October 2015, whereas United have taken 32 because the begin of 2018-19.

Leicester (45), Man City (43), Man Utd (41) and Crystal Palace (36) are the 4 Premier League groups to have obtained extra penalties than Liverpool since Klopp’s appointment.

‘Maybe it is a approach of influencing the referees’

Solskjaer made reference to a penalty shout which was ignored of their FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea final season when suggesting a motive why different managers are highlighting their file.

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“I can’t talk on behalf of other managers, why they say things like this,” he mentioned. “I felt it labored final 12 months within the semi within the FA Cup, as a result of Frank [Lampard] spoke about it and we had a nailed-on penalty that we must always have had, that we did not get.

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“So maybe it’s a way of influencing the referees. I don’t know. But I don’t worry about that. When they foul our players it’s a penalty when it’s inside the box.”

United misplaced 3-1 to Chelsea in July final 12 months, however late within the first half they have been denied a penalty after Anthony Martial went down beneath strain from Kurt Zouma, with Mike Dean waving away claims whereas the scoreline was nonetheless goalless.

After that match, Solskjaer mentioned “it seemed that little bit of influencing the officials worked”, which adopted on from Lampard’s claim United “got a few [decisions] in their favour” from VAR heading into the semi-final.

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Mourinho’s earlier penalty jibes

Liverpool stay prime forward of United on objective distinction, however the champions might be changed as outright Premier League leaders by the point they welcome their rivals to Anfield on January 17 – stay on Sky Sports – if United keep away from defeat of their sport in hand towards Burnley.

Klopp shouldn’t be alone in highlighting United’s penalty file, with Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho having twice referenced the quantity of spot-kicks his former facet have been awarded.

Last July, Mourinho mentioned Bruno Fernandes has “proved to be a great penalty taker, one of the best in the world, because he had about 20 to score”.

And after Spurs’ win over Leeds on January 2, Mourinho aimed one other obvious jibe at United whereas praising Heung-Min Son for reaching 100 targets for the membership.

“To get the Puskas award, to be scoring 100 goals for Tottenham and to be maybe in the top three Premier League scorers without penalties,” Mourinho mentioned.

“Some players score 10 goals a season on penalties and I’m not speaking about Harry Kane, by the way. I’m so happy for Son.”

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