Solskjaer reveals how Lampard influenced referee in 3-1 FA Cup defeat to Chelsea

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard’s influence on match officials aided the Blues FA Cup semi-final win at the weekend.

Moments before Olivier Giroud had opened the scoring deep into stoppage-time of the first half, Anthony Martial was fouled by Kurt Zouma but referee Mike Dean ignored the protests.

Prior to the game, Lampard had told his players to be wary of Bruno Fernandes propensity to feign foul, and also questioned a number of VAR decisions that favoured United, but the Norwegian defended the player and the club.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Solskjaer said: “What did my [son] Noah say the other day? It was 21 fouls and no bookings the other way.

“I don’t want to go into it again, but while you’re at it, Anthony’s on the ball and he [Zouma] kicks through his foot.

“That’s a red card and a sending off. But that’s how small the margins are in football.

“But it seemed that little bit of influencing the officials worked. I don’t want to start criticising because it sounds like it’s sour grapes but it isn’t.”