Solskjaer hits back at Chelsea boss Lampard's claims that VAR favours Man Utd ahead of FA Cup semi-final

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has hit back at Frank Lampard's claims that VAR has "favoured" Manchester United of late.

The Red Devils have had a league-high seven goals against them disallowed by the video assistant this season – with the latest being Jordan Ayew's Crystal Palace strike on Thursday night.


Eagles chairman Steve Parish appeared to speak for many fans, when he wrote on Twitter: "Is the VAR broken ? Serious question …"

And Blues boss Lampard labelled certain decisions as "confusing" when he addressed the press on Friday morning.

But upon hearing the accusations of VAR "favouring" United, Solskjaer hit back.

He said: "I can sit here for hours now and try to talk about this.

"It looks like there's a narrative, it looks like people want to influence whoever's making the decisions. I hear people talking about luck, that we've been lucky more than unlucky.

“If you look at the factual decisions, I don't want to sound like a certain manager talking about facts, but if you're offside, you're offside.

"That's clear. Talking about lucky, the penalty we got against Tottenham in the last minute that was taken away from us, that might be two points for us.

So it's actually me that should be complaining that we get decisions against us on the pitch by the on-pitch referee.

“Talking about the red card Romeu should have had against us when he almost got Mason Greenwood crippled, that should've been a red card, maybe that would've helped us.

“Talking about Mark Noble when he should have been sent off against us when we lost at West Ham, talking about the actual decision that is made that is against Man United but is overturned and corrected.

“So it's actually me that should be complaining that we get decisions against us on the pitch by the on-pitch referee.”

On Friday, Chelsea boss Lampard was asked for his say on the matter ahead of his side's meeting with United at Wembley tomorrow.

The 42-year-old replied: "People said it would favour big teams maybe, because of the pressure or fan influence.

"But those days are gone. VAR has come in to try and change that, not just favouring teams but just to get the right decision.

"But there is always a human element to VAR, still, and clearly they have to make a decision.

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"The confusing thing about some of the recent ones, and the one on Thursday night, is that it’s a very, very clear and obvious decision that was wrong and didn’t get reviewed and changed.

"A few of those have happened and that is strange. I would like to think that with VAR you have to be level headed.

"Some might go against you or not, but we seem to be in a period where, in terms of Manchester United, they’ve got a few in their favour. It would be nice if VAR worked in our favour in this one."

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