Solskjaer Explains Why Both Penalties Should Have Been Retaken vs Norwich

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacts.

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Manchester United were in festive delight as they secured a 3-1 win over Norwich City at Carrow Road. The victory was a momentously important one for them as it repaired their miserable away form and launched them back into the top-half of the Premier League table as well.

The goals scored during the game were also landmark occasions. Scott McTominay’s opener was United’s 2000th Premier League goal, the first team to reach the magical stat.

Marcus Rashford’s goal after that was the youngster’s 50th one as a Red Devil.

However, both these feats could have been achieved in one goal itself had Rashford succeeded in netting the penalty that a controversial VAR decision had awarded to the Mancunian side in the first-half.

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The effort, however, was saved by Tim Krul and was aped by him again when a second penalty, this time taken by Anthony Martial, was likewise saved.

It is quite embarrassing for United to have missed both the penalties, given their already abysmal record in the region so far this campaign.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had a different set of concerns regarding the kicks altogether.

As per M.E.N writer Rich Fay, the Norwegian gaffer believes that both the penalties ought to have been retaken due to the fact that Krul was ‘a yard off his line’.

 

Incidentally, this possibility was reviewed after Martial’s penalty was saved but the instant corner-kick taken after that did make it hard to follow the train of thought behind the continuation of the play.

Thus, United could have very well ended the game with five goals to their name, a first since Solskjaer’s first memorable game against Cardiff City as caretaker manager late last year.

Regardless, this fixture carries with it tons of positives and now Solskjaer will be keen on building up on them.