MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed on Friday that referees have awarded fewer penalties to his team because of a complaint by Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp at the start of the year.
A week later, Solskjaer is still aggrieved that United was denied two penalties in its 2-1 win over West Ham in the English Premier League on Sunday. He also thought his team deserved a penalty against the same opponent in a League Cup match on Wednesday that West Ham won 1-0.
“I don’t know, but there was a certain manager last (season) who was starting to worry about us getting penalties,” Solskjaer said, “and after that it seems like the decisions are more difficult to give. Surely I’ve seen a big, big difference since then on.”
Solskjaer didn’t mention Klopp by name but the insinuation was clear.