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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Hits Out at Southampton's "Physicality" in 1-1 Draw With Manchester United

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed referees are too soft
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed referees are too soft / Robin Jones/Getty Images

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hit out at Southampton's physical approach as they held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw on Sunday.

Solskjaer claimed that Bruno Fernandes was fouled in the build-up to Southampton's goal, and that the Saints were "too cynical with their flying tackles". The United boss was of the opinion that his side should have awarded a free kick for Jack Stephen's challenge on Fernandes, who was shown a yellow card for his protests.

"We should do better, if you don't get a foul, we should make sure we block the shot, put your body on the line and make sure they don't get a strike on target," Solskjaer said. "That being said, it's a foul, he goes straight through Bruno, with his armpit across him.

"We can't go from one extreme of basketball to rugby now. I like the more lenient way, it's more men's football but still, that's a foul. You could see early on, with the fans, it gets the crowd going flying into tackles and we did suffer a few tackles that was part of their thinking early on if you like."

Solskjaer added he was happy United equalised, but admitted they should have done better to get another goal. "We did well to get the goal, build pressure, had another five or six mins with a good spell and then we lost our way a little bit and maybe tiredness, sloppiness came in and we gave their crowd stuff to cheer about because they had a few counter-attacks and some dangerous moments," he said.

"When Jadon [Sancho] came on, I thought he looked really sharp for the first 10 or 15 minutes but then the whole team fell away and in the last 15 minutes we didn't play particularly well. We [recalled Anthony Martial because] we wanted to get Anthony going, to have [another forward], Anthony to drift into the left and Mason coming inside from the right. Mason scores a very good goal, he didn't have one of his best days, but he still contributes."