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OIe Gunnar Solskjaer said “someone must have been sleeping in the VAR office” and recommended that they prepare a coffee after Manchester United’s draw with West Brom.
United drew 1-1 at The Hawthorns on Saturday, with West Brom taking the lead in two minutes despite Mbaye Diagne appearing to put his hand on Victor Lindelof’s face in the process of scoring.
Bruno Fernandes tied before the break with a fantastic volley, but Solskjaer’s men couldn’t help but lose points for the fourth time in their last five games.
Referee Craig Pawson awarded United a penalty in the 62nd minute for Semi Ajayi’s foul on Harry Maguire; Although the English international appeared to be in an illegal situation, the decision was overturned despite no offside control.
While acknowledging that the correct result was reached, Solskjaer was taken aback by the VAR process in voiding the penalty.
“I think we all want consistency and fair play, but there is also a human error that we all expect, that’s what happens. But the penalty that we could have taken today is a clear foul, ”Solskjaer said.
“If you just look at the clash between his center and Harry it’s a foul, but I see Harry in an offside position.
“Someone must have been sleeping in the VAR office. Someone needs to make some coffee because it could have easily been avoided by saying, ‘No, it’s off the table. Ready, let’s move on. ‘”
When asked about the decision to allow Diagne’s goal, Solskjaer noted that Maguire had a goal scored for a foul on Erik Pieters against Burnley in January.
“It’s more of a foul than the one Harry gave away against Burnley, put that way,” said the United manager.
“When that goal is taken away from us, if there is any consistency, it is also a foul. On the other hand, being a forward as he was, it would be tough to lose a goal like this, so both of them should have supported me.
“I haven’t really watched it, I only saw it live. But consistency is what we need. It’s definitely more of a foul than Harry did against the boy from Burnley. “
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The result left United seven points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, who are one game short.
City have won their last 16 games in all competitions and are undefeated in their last 15 top flight matches, but Solskjaer does not believe the chasing group is now in a battle for second place.
“No, I don’t think so. Nobody will give it away so early. This season is so unpredictable that anything can happen. Of course we are not going to settle for the second one,” he said.
He added: “Of course, it is disappointing. We have come out with two points less than we wanted.
“The beginning was difficult. We were under pressure as expected when they kicked off, and we couldn’t clear our lines. On the other hand, we have more than 90 minutes to score two goals.
“I prefer to concede in the second minute than in the 92. [We] I just couldn’t get enough opportunities. “