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Man Utd and Liverpool’s penalty records before and after Jurgen Klopp complaints

The Manchester United boss appeared to suggest an old comment from title rival Jurgen Klopp may be behind the reason the Red Devils were not awarded a penalty against West Ham last Sunday

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskajer has claimed that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is the reason why United were not awarded at least one penalty during last Sunday’s win away at West Ham, or their recent League Cup clash against the same opposition.

Despite the fact his side are gearing up to welcome Dean Smith’sAston Villa to Old Trafford this weekend in a bid to bounce back from their shock exit from the Carabao Cup in midweek, the events of last Sunday are still clearly on Solskjaer’s mind.

Red Devils superstar Cristiano Ronaldo saw two penalty appeals rejected at the London Stadium as United toppled David Moyes’ side late-on courtesy of a last gasp Jesse Lingard winner.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has questioned why Manchester United haven’t been awarded a penalty this season (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Just four days later United were left incensed again after Lingard was tripped by Mark Noble’s late challenge, but the outcome remained the same as Ronaldo’s incident as the hosts were denied a spot-kick.

As a result, Solskjaer has opted to reignite his public war of words with Klopp, who bemoaned the amount of penalties United were awarded back in January of this year.

Klopp first got under the skin of Solskjaer after Liverpool were denied penalty decisions during an away defeat at Southampton, with a clash against United on the horizon the German boss said: “We cannot change. I hear now that Man United had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half years.

“I’ve no idea if that’s my fault, or how that can happen.”

Over the course of last season, United were awarded 11 penalties, five of which came after Klopp’s outburst – yet the tide has seemingly turned this season, as Liverpool have been handed two spot-kicks to United’s zero.

However, since Solskjaer took over in the Old Trafford hot-seat in December of 2018 – United have been given 49 penalties to Liverpool’s 22 in all competitions.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp made comments over the amount of penalties United had been awarded since he arrived in England at the start of this year



Solskjaer has since indirectly addressed his Liverpool counterpart, explaining: “We just have to hope we get what we deserve, we should have had three pens in the last two games, there was a certain manager who worried about us getting pens last year and after that the decisions were different to give.

“I’ve seen a big difference since then on. You just have to leave it to the refs and hope they make the right calls very soon.”

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