Solskjaer defends Bruno Fernandes after penalty accusation from Chelsea boss Frank Lampard

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended Bruno Fernandes over claims from Chelsea boss Frank Lampard that he’s clever in winning penalties.

The Norwegian has dismissed Lampard’s claims about Bruno being clever about the penalty he won against Aston Villa.

“There should have been a red card for Oriol Romeu when he almost crippled Mason Greenwood in the Southampton game,” the United boss argued.

Ahead of the FA Cup semi-final clash against Chelsea, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about Frank Lampard’s comment on Bruno Fernandes and he said: “100 per cent I will defend my players, none of them try to con the ref at all.

“If you have quick feet like Dan James, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial or Mason Greenwood and you get tackles in or around the box, some ankles could’ve been broken for our players.

“I just want them to be protected. There should have been a red card for Oriol Romeu when he almost crippled Mason Greenwood in the Southampton game, maybe that would have helped us.

“And the same when Mark Noble should’ve been sent off half yard in front of me at West Ham when he battered Aaron Wan-Bissaka and we lost there.”

Meanwhile, the Red devils play the Blues in the FA Cup semifinals at Wembley on Sunday.