Manchester United played out a 1-1 draw with Southampton at the St Mary’s Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wasn’t happy with the officiating of Craig Pawson leading to Southampton’s goal.
Pawson failed to blow for a foul on Bruno Fernandes in the build-up to Southampton’s goal, and Solskjaer said after the game: “It’s a foul, [Stephens] goes straight through Bruno [Fernandes], with his arm and his hip across him.
“We can’t go from one extreme, of basketball last season, to rugby now. I like the more lenient way, where it’s more men’s football, but that’s a clear foul.”
Jurgen Klopp also had a similar complain about the officiating in Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Burnley.
However, Premier League legends Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville didn’t seem to agree with Solskjaer and Klopp.
“I don’t agree with both managers. I was at the Liverpool Burnley game and there was a few robust challenges that were close to the line, I don’t think anything crossed the line. That’s Burnley, they have to compete with Liverpool who are a far superior team,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“I’ve actually loved the first couple of weekends, the way the referees have handled it, the way the games been flowing. We’re not talking about allowing over the top challenges or people getting hurt, we’re talking about the silly niggly ones.
“Top managers and top teams will try and put it in referees heads because they want more possession, or more fouls or free kicks but the referees have to be strong.”
Neville also agreed with the former Liverpool defender as he added: “I don’t think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Jurgen Klopp have read the room at all. I think the first two weeks have been breathtaking. We’ve been heavily critical of VAR the interventions of VAR.
“The last couple of weeks I think we’ve seen the best referring we’ve seen in a long time.”