Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged his players to make more of a ‘fuss’ regarding wrong decisions amid the ‘narrative’ that Manchester United get favoured when it comes to referees.
United were left unhappy with the referee’s decisions during the club’s shock 2-1 home defeat to Sheffield United last week, with the Norwegian having confirmed that the Red Devils have received a report from a referee delegated informing there were two incorrect decisions against the Blades.
The referee and VAR failed to rule out Kean Bryan’s opener for the visitors following a foul on David de Gea, while an Anthony Martial equaliser was incorrectly disallowed for a foul on Aaron Ramsdale.
Solskjaer has now opened up on the decisions which contributed to a huge setback in his side’s hopes of challenging for the title this season, urging his players to show a nastier side and challenge referees when they feel they have made an incorrect decision.
“I understand why the decisions were made,” Solskjær said at his pre-match press conference. “Unfortunately they went against us and they were wrong. Maybe we should have made more of a fuss about it. We are a bunch of nice lads: maybe we should have really made them look at it before the game started again.
“I’ve got the delegate’s report [on] the ref and the two decisions were wrong. They’ve admitted their [first] goal should have been disallowed and our goal should have stood. That’s a big momentum-changer for us.”
Solskjaer also discussed the perception that Manchester United often benefit from referee decisions, insisting there has been a ‘narrative for too long’ over preferential treatment and pointing towards several decisions against his side this season.
“There has been a narrative for too long about the decisions we have got for us and I can look at many decisions this season that we feel [were actually wrong],” he said.
“Even the first league game [a 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace] – Victor [Lindelöf]: they agreed on that one [too] – that wasn’t a penalty.”
United currently sit second in the Premier League and are three points adrift of league leaders Manchester City ahead of tonight’s clash with Southampton at Old Trafford.