Jan, 6th 2021 – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has responded to Jurgen Klopp’s Manchester United penalty jibe, suggesting that the managers who keep bringing it up are trying to influence referees.
United have been awarded 11 penalties in all competitions this season, with six of those coming in the league, while Klopp’s side have been awarded five in the league, a minimal difference.
Klopp the issue after his Liverpool side lost one nil to Southampton and could fall behind United if they win the game in hand against Burnley next week.
Klopp said, “I hear now that Manchester 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.”
It however seems that Klopp was talking about the fact that United have won 42 in all competitions since Solskjaer took over in December 2018 compared to the 19 winnings for Liverpool in the same time frame.
Solskjaer on the other hand replied to being asked about other managers’ fascination with United being awarded penalties saying, “I don’t count how many penalties they have, so if they want to spend time on worrying about when we get fouled in the box, I don’t spend time on that.”