Manchester United boss Olé Gunnar Solskjaer has broken down the reason Manchester United have been awarded a lot of penalties since the Video Assistant Referee was introduced in the Premier League last season.
The Red Devils were awarded 14 penalties last season— the most for any team in the division, and in the current campaign, United have already had four.
The penalty decisions have been criticised by many, especially opposition fans, and tagged ‘favouritism’ on the part of the FA, but Solskjaer has a different explanation.
When asked recently to comment on the conversation, the Norwegian simply told the media, “We get into the box, ball into the feet and with VAR, sometimes a touch is enough.
“It is different to when I was playing when you had to be hacked down.”
To be honest, the boss is very accurate with his explanation. In the days of old, referees had to rely on their eyes to do their jobs, which meant they were likely to miss many fouls. But having a recording system they can refer to for clarification changes everything, and if we’re being fair, you really can’t blame our players for being too sleek in the opposition box.