Man Utd news: Mark Clattenburg gives Chelsea penalty verdict after Stuart Attwell drama

Man Utd: Solskjaer questions influence over penalty decisions

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Manchester United should have been given a penalty against Chelsea, Mark Clattenburg believes. The Red Devils protested after Callum Hudson-Odoi appeared to handle in the area. But Stuart Attwell opted against the decision, infuriating Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the process.

United and Chelsea played out a lacklustre goalless draw on Sunday.

But while chances were few and far between at Stamford Bridge, there was still drama – in typical Premier League fashion.

In the first half, Hudson-Odoi appeared to handle the ball inside the box.

However, VAR came to the rescue of the Chelsea star by insisting no penalty should be given – with Attwell then relaying the news to the United players on the pitch.

After the game, Solskjaer slammed the decision not to give his side a spot-kick.

And Clattenburg has sided with the Norwegian, admitting he’d have awarded a penalty had he been the referee in west London.

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He told the Daily Mail: “I am amazed Manchester United were not awarded a penalty in the first half for the clear handball by Callum Hudson-Odoi.

“The Chelsea player’s arm was up in an unnatural position and the ball hit his hand.

“VAR Chris Kavanagh thought referee Stuart Attwell had missed a clear penalty so he gave him the opportunity to review it at his pitch-side monitor.

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“How Attwell did not then point to the spot, having been shown the same angles that we were, is a mystery.”

After the game, Solskjaer was quizzed on the incident.

And when asked if his side deserved a penalty, he said: “Yep, 100 per cent.

“Especially when they stop it and he walks across to watch it. Even from here you think it’s a handball and it’s our player that does it.

“But when you look at it from the video, it’s taken two points from us.”

Solskjaer also took aim at Chelsea’s website, insisting the Blues had influenced things before the game even kicked off.

And he claimed Luke Shaw shouldn’t have spoken out, with the England international claiming Attwell he didn’t want to give a penalty because of the repercussions.

“I can’t say, because that’s not going to be good for him,” he said.

“Of course it is [concerning]. I don’t want to cause controversy but that’s not right, is it?

“It’s all these outside influences, VAR talk from [Chelsea] about Harry – that’s cheeky putting it on their website, that’s influencing referees.

“You can read what they’re saying about Harry Maguire, putting pressure on referees to give penalties against us.

“We’ve seen a manager, was it Frank [Lampard] that started it? There’s loads of talk about us getting penalties when there is no doubt whatsoever.

“And now, today, we should have had a penalty. That’s as clear as it is.”

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel, meanwhile, has predictable stated Attwell was right not to give a penalty.

“How can this be an intervention?” said the German, who is yet to lose since taking over from Frank Lampard in January.

“The player in red plays the ball with his hand and then we are checking for a penalty.

“Why does the referee have to see this?

“You watch it for one second on the pad, or you watch it on the field live and then I see it on the pad, why does the referee need to see this?

“He does everything right, I don’t understand why he needs to check it but I’m glad it’s no penalty because that would be even worse.”

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