EPL: Manchester United Coach Solskjaer Replies Mourinho’s Comment
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Getty Images

Manchester United manager Ole Solskjaer has fingered poor officiating for his team’s 1-1 draw with Arsenal in a Premier League clash on Monday.

Scott McTominay’s 20-yard first-half strike was cancelled by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s 59-minute equaliser.

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And Solskjaer believes that his team could have won the clash, claiming that his defenders stopped playing when referee’s assistant Scott Ledger raised his flag to rule Aubameyang offside – before VAR correctly let the goal to stand.

“Ashley Young certainly holds his hand up, he looks straight at the linesman, maybe hesitates and could’ve got a block in,” he said.

“That would probably have helped David De Gea, but that’s no consolation as it’s a perfectly good goal for them, although he probably should have kept the flag down.

“It made an impact on the situation by raising the flag. When it’s that way you can wait and take it back later.

“When it’s handball, make a decision and take it back, but that’s up to the ref.”

He also claimed United should have been awarded a penalty in the second half when the ball hit Arsenal defender Saed Kolasinac on the arm.

“There was a handball that we could and should have had,” said Solskjaer.

“Like loads of the penalty decisions, if you don’t make it you can’t go back and have it. It’s a work in progress [VAR] but it was the right decision.”

United have now managed only nine points from seven games, their worst start to a season for 30 years since the 1989-90 term.