Man Utd boss Solskjaer fumes at ‘two mistakes by the referee’ in Sheff Utd loss

Man Utd boss Solskjaer fumes at ‘two mistakes by the referee’ in Sheff Utd loss


It was a frustrating night for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side (Picture: AFP via Getty)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer felt there was no ‘magic’ from his Manchester United side in a 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United, but was left frustrated by two refereeing decisions.

The Manchester United manager felt Kean Bryan’s opener should have been ruled out after a foul from Billy Sharp on goalkeeper David de Gea in the buildup, while he was irked that Anthony Martial had a goal ruled out for Harry Maguire being penalised for a challenge on Blades ‘keeper Aaron Ramsdale.

Maguire did level things up for United afterwards but United were pegged back again by a deflected Oliver Burke strike and they are now a point behind league leaders Manchester City, who also have a game in hand.

And Solskjaer was left to rue ‘two mistakes’ from the referee in their 2-1 loss.

‘We had all the possession but when you concede two bad goals it’s always going to be difficult,’ he told BT Sport. ‘We didn’t create big enough chances to score enough goals.

‘That magic was missing, that little bit extra. They defended well, fair play to them but we didn’t have the right ideas or solutions.

De Gea was fouled, Solskjaer felt (Picture: Getty)

‘The first goal is a foul, Billy Sharp runs into David de Gea. At the other end, no foul for the disallowed goal for us but it’s that kind of season. Two mistakes by the referee.

‘It wasn’t to be, the second goal we conceded is so poor, so sloppy. Easy. We stopped geting out to the ball, three or four bad decisions which is out of character.

‘There will be no big inquest. There have been so many odd results this season but with the world as it is we have been the most consistent team, it hit us today.’

While Solskjaer was frustrated, his opposite number Chris Wilder was delighted with his side’s performance.

‘We have to play near perfect from our point of view against world class players and a team that is flying high, all season we have had pretty tight games and not come out the right side, we took our big moments, the second goal was a huge moment for us,’ said Wilder.

‘We’re always going to be on the back foot here, we’re aggressive, competitive. You have to be good with the ball and I thought we were.

‘You can’t sit back and hope to get a result. To score two goals at a place like this is special for the boys.’

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