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    Friday, 24 September 2021

    'There was a certain manager last year who worried about United getting penalties' - Solskjaer blames Klopp for West Ham Carabao Cup defeat

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has appeared to have aimed a dig at Jurgen Klopp regarding his comments on the number of penalties received by Manchester United last season


    Liverpool's 1-0 defeat to Southampton back in January is one example of a match whereby Klopp's side were unfortunate not to be awarded a penalty last term, having seen two clear appeals turned down during the game.

    The Reds were handed six opportunities to convert from 12-yards unlike Manchester United's 11 spot-kicks in the Premier League, and Leicester City (12) the only side in the division to earn more.

    Klopp compared Liverpool's fortunes with United's when speaking after the match, stating: "United had 'had more penalties in two years than I had in five-and-a-half-years."

    Things haven't been the same so far this season, however, with the Red Devils yet to take a penalty in the top-flight.

    United saw two penalty shouts turned down against West Ham United last weekend as well as another incident during Wednesday's Carabao Cup defeat to the Hammers, and Solskjaer is adamant that Klopp's remarks of last season have had a negative outcome for his side.

    "We just have to hope we get what we deserve," Solskjaer said. "We should have had three penalties in the last two games.

    "There was a certain manager last year who was starting to worry about us getting penalties and after that it seems like the decisions are more difficult to give.

    "I've seen a big, big difference since then. We just have to leave it to the refs and hopefully they'll make the right calls very soon."

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