Man United’s Solskjaer hits back at Mourinho, Lampard VAR claims

Paola Ditto
Luglio 19, 2020

Frank Lampard is aware of the threat posed by Manchester United's in-form front three and has called for his Chelsea side to be confident in their ability to handle them in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final clash.

United have had a series of Video Assistant Referees (VAR) decisions go their way in recent weeks.

"You earn your own luck and I can talk about the red cards against Southampton and West Ham we should have had in games where we lost points". In Thursday's 2-0 win at Crystal Palace Jordan Ayew's goal was given offside by VAR, while Victor Lindelöf's penalty-area challenge on Wilfried Zaha was not ruled a spot-kick.

Solskjaer is rightfully aggrieved about the amount of press coverage branding that win as fraught with VAR controversy, when the offside decision was in fact correct.

"Talking about the red card that Romeu should have had against us when he got Mason Greenwood nearly crippled, that should've been a red card". The red card Noble should have had.

'It's actually me that should be complaining that we get decisions against us on the pitch by the on-pitch referee.

"There's a narrative there but we have to focus on our games, we let other people talk about that".

He told the Telegraph: "They have to be careful because when players of such high level, quality and speed of the United forwards travel quickly, you have to move your feet and not dive in on them".

The Chelsea manager this week accused United and Bruno Fernandes in particular of "buying" penalties.

Referring to that decision, Lampard said this week: "Fernandes is very clever in his movement".

"Of course, it feels like a slightly different position this year because of the circumstances of the season, but we have an opportunity and it's up to the players and ourselves to make the best of it on Sunday".

'The players don't have to give that. If you've got quick feet like Dan James, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Greenwood, you'll get tackled inside and outside and some ankles of our players could have been broken.

United are aiming to win the FA Cup for a record-equalling 13th time this season and Solskjaer - who won the trophy twice as a player for the club - knows the importance of adding more silverware to the Old Trafford cabinets. Take our quiz below to find out.

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