Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has Cristiano Ronaldo penalty fear after West Ham win

Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has Cristiano Ronaldo penalty fear after West Ham win

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is worried referees will continue to deny Cristiano Ronaldo penalty shouts in the Premier League after a controversial meeting with West Ham United on Sunday. Ronaldo was at the centre of three different incidents inside the West Ham box but was on the wrong end of all of them.

Man United triumphed 2-1 in an action-packed affair at the London Stadium, courtesy of second-half substitute Jesse Lingard’s late howitzer.

David de Gea saved his first penalty since April 2016 in the 95th minute after David Moyes brought club captain Mark Noble off the bench to take the spot-kick.

After Luke Shaw blocked Andriy Yarmolenko’s cross with his arm, it was a blatant penalty, but referee Martin Atkinson’s decision left the visitors and Solskjaer reeling.

The Red Devils had three big penalty appeals throughout the match, with Ronaldo the recipient of all three challenges inside the 18-yard box.

Minimal, if any, contact with the ball, clear contact with Ronaldo’s leg. No penalty.

Speaking to Sky Sports after full-time, Solskjaer expressed his outrage over Atkinson’s decision to deny Ronaldo of two ‘stonewall’ penalty kicks.

The Norwegian boss also shared his concerns over whether referees are going to continue to hesitate to award penalties when Ronaldo is fouled.

“The first and the last [of three appeals] were stonewall pens. You can’t argue with that. Hopefully it won’t be ‘Cristiano’s never going to get a penalty.'”

Despite the controversy, it was a good performance and a massive three points in Man United’s toughest test of the season so far.

The Red Devils are up to second in the Premier League after winning four of their opening five games, drawing the other.

There’s now a highly-anticipated rematch at Old Trafford on Tuesday as the two side’s clash in the Carabao Cup third round.

West Ham will want revenge, whilst Man United start what Solskjaer will hope to be a trophy-capturing cup run.

Published at Sun, 19 Sep 2021 15:41:00 +0000