During the first half of the match against Chelsea, Man United had a clear penalty appeal, but referee Start Attwell opted not to grant it after seeing it on the pitchside monitor.
The ball did strike Callum Hudson-hand Odoi’s inside the penalty box, but the referee decided not to point to the spot, much to everyone’s surprise, and the game continued.
Many analysts and ex-referees believed after the game that Man United should have been given a penalty for the handball, but according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, the referee decided to lean towards Man United due to recent criticism from Premier League managers.
“We could’ve had a penalty, it’s so clear and nailed on that you can’t even fathom why he never gave it when he was told to look at it,” he said about the penalty.
When he flicked that ball, they probably thought his hand was in a very natural position. It’s no longer there. We obviously deserved a penalty, and I’m concerned that we won’t get those penalties after the noises made a month or two ago about us receiving penalties. Managers obviously have the power to manipulate referees, which they should not do.
“Isn’t that just the essence of us as managers, when it comes to making difficult decisions? If something goes against you, you’ll probably want to highlight it. If something goes in favor of other teams, you’ll probably try to stop it, but I trust the referees not to be swayed by it.
“When I watched the video today, I was taken aback by the decision. I didn’t think it was a punishment when I saw it live, and I understand why he didn’t give it.
When you watch the video, you’ll find that your hand isn’t in a very normal position.”
Everyone acknowledges that Hudson-Odoi was extremely fortunate, but this decision could have cost Man United two more points. United is now 12 points behind league leaders Manchester City after the draw.
Apart from this incident, there isn’t much to talk about from the match, which is why if Man United had taken the lead thanks to this suspected penalty, they could have easily held on to win the match 1-0.