Solskjaer puts pressure on officials with Ronaldo penalty claim post-West Ham


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer puts pressure on officials with Ronaldo penalty claim after West Ham win


Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has this evening called into question the officiating during his side’s meeting with West Ham United, putting a measure of tactical pressure on Premier League officials moving forward in the process.

Lingard strikes at the death

Solskjaer and co. returned to domestic action a short time ago.

After being dealt a shock defeat at the hands of Young Boys in the club’s Champions League season bow during the week, the Red Devils made the trip to the London Stadium eyeing an immediate return to form.

And, when all was said and done on Sunday, this is precisely what was forthcoming.

It was West Ham who opened the game’s scoring on the half-hour mark, when Said Benrahma’s deflected effort from distance left David de Gea with no chance:

United, though, soon came roaring back, levelling things up courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo, before Jesse Lingard – fresh off the back of a scintillating loan spell with the club – broke West Ham hearts with an 89th-minute winner:

And there was even time for the hosts’ supporters to get their hopes up before being let down once more, as Mark Noble, introduced off the bench deep into injury-time to take responsibility of a spot-kick, saw his effort from 12 yards brilliantly kept out by David de Gea.


In turn, on the back of the action coming to a close in the capital, it has since come as little surprise to see the subject of penalties, and more specifically VAR, take centre stage in the post-match chatter.

This comes with West Ham’s late spot-kick on Sunday having been preceded just minutes before by what looked an absolutely certain foul in the area at the other end.

As Cristiano Ronaldo attempted to make his way beyond Kurt Zouma, the West Ham stopper – thoroughly impressive on the day – appeared to simply take out the Portuguese veteran.

Immediate calls for a spot-kick to be awarded, though, fell on deaf ears, despite VAR investigating the incident.

Speaking during his post-match media duties, it therefore came as little surprise when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was drawn on the latest officiating drama involving his side.

And the Norwegian went on to reveal his opinion that Ronaldo was in fact denied not one, but two ‘stonewall’ penalties during the 2nd-half this afternoon.

Not only that, but Solskjaer, in a no doubt premeditated comment, also put pressure on referees across the Premier League landscape, by revealing his hope that his new star man won’t be denied the opportunity to net from 12 yards at every possible turn:


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1 Liverpool FC 5 11 13
2 Manchester City 5 10 10
3 Manchester United 4 8 10
4 Chelsea FC 4 8 10
5 Everton FC 5 3 10
6 Brighton & Hove Albion 4 2 9
7 Tottenham Hotspur 4 0 9
8 West Ham United 4 5 8
9 Brentford FC 5 3 8
10 Aston Villa 5 1 7
11 Watford FC 5 -2 6
12 Leicester City 4 -2 6
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14 Crystal Palace 5 -3 5
15 Southampton FC 5 -2 4
16 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5 -3 3
17 Leeds United 5 -7 3
18 Newcastle United 5 -7 2
19 Burnley FC 5 -6 1
20 Norwich City 5 -12 0
Player Team Goals
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 4
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 4
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 4
Benrahma, Said West Ham United 3
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 3
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 3
Lukaku, Romelu Chelsea FC 3
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 3
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 3
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 3
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 3
Sarr, Ismaila Watford FC 3
Greenwood, Mason Manchester United 3
Ings, Danny Aston Villa 2
Saint-Maximin, Allan Newcastle United 2
Toney, Ivan Brentford FC 2
Fornals, Pablo West Ham United 2
Torres, Ferran Manchester City 2
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 2
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 2

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