“It Was A Penalty!” – Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Cries After Barren Draw With Chelsea

Referees are being swayed by “outside influences”, said manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after Manchester United had a “100% nailed-on” penalty turned down during Sunday’s 0-0 draw at Chelsea.

A penalty appeal for handball against Callum Hudson-Odoi was turned down by referee Stuart Attwell, who upheld his decision after viewing it on the pitchside monitor.

“It was a penalty. I’m a bit concerned we don’t get those penalties after noises were made about us getting penalties,” said Solskjaer.

Manchester United lost further ground on Premier League leaders Manchester City after they played out a drab goalless deadlock with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Ole Gunnar Solkjaer’s side remain second but are now 12 points adrift of City while the result left Chelsea outside the top four a point behind West Ham United.

Manchester United – who have lost only one of their last 20 league games – thought they were about to be offered the chance to make a breakthrough in the first half, but a penalty appeal for handball against Callum Hudson-Odoi was dismissed by referee Stuart Attwell after he was instructed to consult a pitchside monitor by the video assistant referee.

Chelsea, who remain unbeaten under new manager Thomas Tuchel, had chances but United keeper David de Gea made a fine second-half save from Hakim Ziyech while opposite number Edouard Mendy saved well from Scott McTominay and Fred was narrowly off target with a long-range effort. Mendy also punched away a late effort from Bruno Fernandes.