Ole Gunnar Solskajaer bemoans Watkins’ ‘offside’

By Obiajulu Chiagoziem

Manchester United head coach, Ole Gunnar Solskajaer has expressed his feelings about the club being let down by the officials in their game against Aston Villa.

“We started the game well, aggressive, good on transition, going forward quickly,” he told MUTV. “The decision-making, execution in the last third wasn’t the best, and that cost us today”, Solskajaer stated.

“And decision-making on VAR again cost us again. Unfortunately, I’ve got to say it: it’s offside. The goal, as Hause is heading it, Watkins is actually touching David, he’s impeding him.

“I can’t see the consistency anywhere in this VAR decision-making.

“They’ve come out in the corridor, and I’ve asked them for an explanation. The linesman flagged it up with VAR and definitely VAR has gone wrong again.” Solskajaer stated.

Although Manchester United were awarded a penalty at the 94th minutes, Bruno Fernandes failed to score.

Speaking on Bruno’s miss, after his record of scoring 21 of his 22 penalty takes, Solskajaer felt the Portuguese was pressured by Aston Villa’s players ahead of taking the penalty.

“I didn’t like the way they crowded Bruno, the penalty spot, the referee, all that malarkey. Bruno’s very strong mentally normally and unfortunately today it just didn’t go in.”

Furthermore, Solskajaer was also asked about the current state of Manchester United captain Harry Maguire, and Luke Shaw, who were both substituted due to injury ahead of a big week, with Villarreal visiting in the Champions League. Solskajaer’s response was that: “I can’t tell you, I don’t know. We’ll have to wait a couple of days and see how they are.