Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to the media ahead of this week’s Premier League clash with Southampton at Old Trafford, discussing among other things how the club has cost the recent game against Sheffield United by mistakes the referee made, changes to the Premier League team and the latest on teenage starlet Amad Diallo.
Solskjaer has revealed that the club have learned that the referee in the home loss to Sheffield United last week admitted to making two incorrect decisions which cost his side the game.
Kean Bryan’s Blades first goal was allowed to stay, although Billy Sharp appeared to push United goalkeeper David de Gea as the ball returned.
To rub salt in that injury minutes later, an equalizer would be Anthony Martial was harshly ruled out after Harry Maguire was unfairly tried for fouling visiting goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale in what appears to be a fair challenge.
VAR did not intervene at the time, but arbitrator Peter Bankes concluded in hindsight that both appeals were incorrect and should have been quashed.
“I have the report from the referee’s delegates and both decisions were wrong. They admitted that their goal should have been denied and our goal should have been maintained, ”Solskjaer said.
A win in that game would have put United two points clear at the top as it stands, assuming 0-0 with Arsenal would have followed the same always.
But it is too convenient an excuse to rely on alone. United may have been on the back foot initially because of a bad referee, but they came back to a tie, couldn’t find a breakthrough to move forward and still continued to concede again thanks to a utterly atrocious defense.
United are sending Teden Mengi on loan to Wayne Rooney’s Derby County for the remainder of the season and will bring Phil Jones back to the Premier League squad for additional cover.
Mengi did not need to be named to the squad roster due to his age, so it’s not a similar exchange in that sense, but the teenager was training with the first team and so will be. a lost body all the same. .
Jones was left out of the 25-man squad at the start of the season and therefore clearly hasn’t played. Meanwhile, the 28-year-old is recovering from another injury.
“Phil is recovering from an injury, from an operation on his knee, and he’s working hard to be available again. So it will be included on the [Premier League] listing. I hope he will regain his form as soon as possible and be able to play, ”Solskjaer explained.
Much has been said about Amad Diallo’s new signing following his high-profile transfer from Atalanta. The teenager even added fuel to the clamor for his first-team debut when he made his bow for the Under-23 team this weekend against Liverpool and scored twice.
The second of those goals was even an icy penalty from Panenka.
Solskjaer had said more than once before this game that Diallo was not far from making the first team but that he would still give him some time first. This position has not changed.
“We will give him time to settle in, to show his skills and to adapt. “He can open up defenses, and I don’t think it will be too long before he gets involved in a day team,” Solskjaer said.
The Norwegian also recalled that Joe Hugill actually had more of an impact in the game, scoring four goals himself in the 6-3 win: “If we start from this game I would choose Joe Hugill: score four goals. , should have taken the penalty and got five instead of giving it to Amad!
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