Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hit back at Jurgen Klopp’s bleating over a supposed foul on Divock Origi in the lead up to Manchester United’s goal at Old Trafford in Sunday’s 1-1 draw.
The incident preceded a swift counter attack which saw Dan James set up Marcus Rashford for a terrific breakaway goal.
VAR ruled the ‘foul’ was not significant enough to warrant the goal being ruled out.
Jurgen Klopp moaned on the touchline to the fourth official, moaned in his post-match interviews, claiming the goal should not have stood.
United boss Solskjaer shut him down with a simple response when asked about it in his post game press conference.
Solskjaer told the MEN when asked if the goal should have been ruled out: “No chance, we’re not playing basketball.”
Solskjaer went on to praise referee Martin Atkinson for letting the game flow rather than blow the whistle on every minor coming together.
This enabled United to set the tone for a physical contest, with Marcos Rojo and Andreas Pereira leading the way.
Liverpool were lucky to pinch a draw with a late equaliser, but United should take some of the blame too.
We did not create enough chances after the opener, and once again failed to threaten from set pieces. This time we didn’t even come close.
United’s players showed desire, and worked hard, but this was a different type of match to the one we will face in a week’s time.
Next weekend away at Norwich we will be expected to create chances and not play as a ‘spoiler’ to a better attacking team.
In some ways this Liverpool fixture suited the traits which help Solskjaer’s side shine.
It at least gives us a platform to build on, heading into a busy week which continues with a Europa League fixture away to Partizan Belgrade on Thursday.
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