Solskjaer hits back at Mourinho and Lampard over VAR jibes


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has angrily hit back at suggestions Manchester United have been ‘luckier’ than other teams and benefited more from VAR decisions.

United has had more decisions overturned in their favor by VAR than any other side in the Premier League. The Red Devils have also been awarded most penalties and the trend continued in their recent clash against Crystal Palace.

Against Palace, the club escaped a penalty shout as Victor Lindelof appeared to bring down Wilfried Zaha while also surviving a scare when the Eagles saw an equalizer chucked off for a marginal offside call.

Jose Mourinho said his former club has been ‘a bit lucky’ in their push for a top-four place while Frank Lampard has questions some ‘strange’ VAR decisions.

“Well, how long have we got? I can sit here for hours now and try to talk about this. It looks like there’s a narrative, it looks like people want to influence whoever is making the decisions,” said Solskjaer when asked about Lampard and Mourinho’s comments.

“But, I hear people talking about luck, that we’ve been lucky more than unlucky, then if you look at the factual decisions – I don’t want to sound like a certain manager talking about facts – but if you’re offside, you’re offside. That’s clear.”

“Talking about lucky, the penalty we got against Tottenham in the last minute that was taken away from us – that might be two points for us.”

United will host Chelsea on Sunday at Old Trafford in an FA Cup semi-final.

Vincent Paul

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