Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted Crystal Palace weren’t victims of VAR controversy following his side’s 2-0 win on Thursday night. Many thought the Eagles should have had a penalty after Wilfried Zaha went down under pressure from Victor Lindelof. But Solskjaer disagrees.
Manchester United took a giant step towards a top four finish with a hard-fought victory over Crystal Palace on Thursday night.
Marcus Rashford scored the opening goal of the game, with Anthony Martial then making the points safe late on.
There was some controversy, however, with many feeling Palace were unlucky to be denied a penalty after Lindelof felled Zaha in the box.
Yet Solskjaer disagrees, saying: “For once we can say they worked and of course, if you’re offside an inch, you’re offside. We’re lucky there.
“For me, Victor takes the ball [for the penalty call, on Wilfried Zaha] so we’re fine.
“I’ve just seen it behind you [on the TV monitor], it looks like Victor kicks the ball there. Ball first.
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“These are the games that matter and that’s what it is at Man United, you need to step up and show your personality.”
Solskjaer also admitted that Palace pushed them all the way, with the Eagles digging in hard amid the heat of the battle at Selhurst Park.
“Yeah, you don’t expect anything else from a team that’s so well-coached and organised with individual quality and also they can play freely,” he said.
“The game for them is a chance for them to play against Man United, prove themselves and they made it hard for us.
“But in moments, in periods, we played some fantastic football as well.
“We defended bravely, we had to. David [De Gea], I think, has proven again why he’s in between the posts.”
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The United manager was delighted with the goals scored by Martial and Rashford, too.
“The goals with Marcus and Anthony were just a joy to watch,” he said.
“The goals were great and we know they can do that at any moment. It’s exciting to watch, it’s exciting to coach, it’s exciting to see them want to be better, want to improve – so it’s great.
“We’ve created chances, scored more goals. We last the game, so you can see towards the end we’re fitter and stronger.
“The last 20, 25 minutes were the best ones for us – before then it took some time to get going, but I’m very happy.”
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