Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Backs ‘Very Tight Calls’ After Manchester United Beat West Brom


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer backed referee David Coote for making “three good decisions” in Manchester United’s controversial win over West Brom. (More football news)

Bruno Fernandes’ recovery from the 56th-minute penalty at Old Trafford was enough for United, who claimed their first Premier League home win since July.

Fernandes resumed his penalty after West Brom goalkeeper Sam Johnstone saved the first but pulled away from his line, while the visitors thought they had their own kick at the start of the second half, only to see Coote overturn his initial decision after a VAR check. .

Happy to end the wait for a first home league win this season, United manager Solskjaer has also backed Coote’s decisions.

“We are delighted to have three points of course, first [home] win in the league this season and a clean sheet, we are happy about that, “he said at a press conference.

“Very close calls and I think I probably made the two right decisions with the pens, even three right decisions because Sam was not on the line.”

United are ninth in the Premier League table, seven points behind leaders Tottenham, who have played one more game.

Since the start of last season, 16% of United’s Premier League goals have been penalties – 13 of 79 – the highest ratio of any team to have played in both campaigns.

Although satisfied with the victory, Solskjaer said his team’s performance fell short of what he wanted.

“It is certainly not a step forward in terms of performance,” he said.

“We played really well against Everton last time around, it’s a performance I was really happy with. This is well below par, but we got the first win and sometimes three points are more important than performance, even though we know we are. and to get into the table, we have to play better. “

Solskjaer added: “We know we can play better than that and we certainly could have made it more comfortable if we had tried our luck earlier.

“Towards the end when you don’t do that there’s always an advantage in the game and we looked edgy towards the end and it was important for us to get that win of course. You can see it and we never had that poise or quality to get the second lens that would have made it more comfortable. “

United continue their Champions League campaign at home against Istanbul Basaksehir on Tuesday.

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