Thursday, June 20

Ole hits back at criticism from Klopp

Ole Gunnar Solskjær has denied criticism from Jürgen Klopp and José Mourinho about the number of penalties won by Manchester United. He said that if they want to “spend time worrying” about it, it is up to the Liverpool and Tottenham managers.

Solskjær indicated that Klopp may have been trying to manipulate referees. Klopp had said that United had won more penalties in two years than his team had during his more than five years at Anfield. The statement came after Liverpool lost at Southampton on Monday. Klopp thought he had denied Sadio Mané a straightforward spot-kick.

“I don’t count how many penalties they [Liverpool and Spurs] have, so I don’t spend time on that if they want to spend time worrying about when we get fucked in the box,” Solskjær said. United have won six penalties in the Premier League this season against Liverpool’s five and Tottenham’s three. United have been given 42 penalties to Liverpool’s 19 in all competitions since Solskjær took over in December 2018.

United host Manchester City in Wednesday’s single-leg Carabao Cup semi-final. And Solskjær is clear there are no excuses for them not to perform. They are in a run that has taken them to level with Liverpool at the top of the Premier League. “We are confident,” the manager said. “We’re going into the game in good form so there are no excuses.” “We are confident,” said the boss. “We’re in good shape going into the game, so there are no excuses.”

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