Man Utd will not settle for second in the Premier League title chase, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says,
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Man Utd will not settle for second in the Premier League title chase, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says.

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On Sunday, Man Utd took a 1-1 draw at West Brom and is still seven points behind Man City leaders; Harry Maguire believes that bad refereeing decisions are costing the side; Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Sam Allardyce believe that the defender was offside in the build-up to his overturned penalty

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims that, after taking just 10 points from their last seven league matches, Manchester United will not settle for second in the Premier League title chase.

United were taken on Super Sunday to a 1-1 draw at West Brom and, after returning to second place on goal difference, they gradually fell back behind Manchester City’s local rivals.

At the top of the table now, Pep Guardiola’s side are seven points ahead and have a game in hand, but Solskjaer maintains that Man Utd will not let them get away too quickly.

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He said, “No one is going to give it away this early. This season is so unpredictable, life is so unpredictable, anything can happen, and we’re not going to settle for a second, of course.

“It is a tribute to the boys that we have put ourselves in the place in which we are. We are the nearest team [to Man City] and we’re expected to challenge the team in front of us.

“We’re not going to let them get away with it, but we need to win games to be in that position.

“Ultimately, it was a lacklustre display at The Hawthorns, but after half-time, Man Utd improved and had much of the possession (73.1 per cent).

They came out unchanged with their undefeated Premier League streak, stretching it to 19 matches, but after a frustrating draw, Solskjaer denied the numbers.

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He added: “That record doesn’t mean anything at the moment. We need three points desperately because we want to move up the table and you don’t do that by getting one point away from home. Today is a disappointing result.”

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So some of the play was really good again, some of the results were really good, so there are some promising ones. But overall, with just one point, we’re disappointed.

We were generating tons of momentum, generating pressure, pegging them out, but I didn’t believe we were creating enough huge moments to score the goals. We haven’t seen any aura.

So some of the play was really good again, some of the results were really good, so there are some promising ones. But overall, with just one point, we’re disappointed.

We were generating tons of momentum, generating pressure, pegging them out, but I didn’t believe we were creating enough huge moments to score the goals. We haven’t seen any aura.

Souness: Such a bad result for Man Utd

The draw against West Brom, who have only won twice in the Premier League this season, Graeme Souness believes is a bad result and takes some pressure off Man City at the top.

This is such a poor loss for Manchester United, the Sky Sports pundit said. He just said it’s a hard place to come – West Brom won one game at home, against the bottom side. Whether you’re second or third in the table, is that a hard place to go?

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“West Brom’s odds were greater. For Manchester United, when you think they have a chance to place the pressure on Manchester City, that is an incredibly bad performance and outcome. Aah! Nah.

Ole, Allardyce: Maguire was offside

Maguire also had a penalty that referee Craig Pawson reversed after the defender went down with Semi Ajayi at his back after the VAR analysis.

It was overturned because, despite Maguire looking to be offside in the build-up, there was found not to be enough touch for the foul to be given.This is how the incident was seen by the main players:

Solskjaer told his post-match press conference

“I think we all want consistency and a fair game, but then again, there’s human error that we all expect from our game. With the penalty we could have had today, it is a clear foul. If you only look at the clash between their centre-back and Harry, it’s a foul but from what I see, Harry is in an offside position.”

So someone must have been asleep in that VAR office in Stockley Park. Someone needs to brew some coffee because it could have been easily avoided by saying ‘he’s offside, let’s move on’.”

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Maguire told Sky Sports

“I was so certain it was a penalty. I don’t understand why he’s been sent to check it.

“I’m goalside of the defender, I feel a touch on my shoulder, he’s pulling me back, and then I feel a clip on my heels as well. It was minimal, but it’s a penalty, especially after the referee points to the spot you think there’s no chance it’s getting overturned.

“I was so confident it was going to be given, but it seems like the decisions at the moment are going against us. We can’t be relying on VAR though, we huffed and puffed and have to improve.

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“Maguire also questioned the officiating for West Brom’s opener, feeling Mbaye Diagne had been fouling Victor Lindelof.

“It’s a big frustration,” Maguire told MUTV. “We know the first goal is crucial when you come to this place. But again it’s a foul.

“I’m fed up of hearing ‘Vic can do better’. Of course he can do better and I know he can.

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“But I’m fed up of hearing ‘people can do better’. ‘David (De Gea) can do better on the cross (against Sheffield United)’. But it’s a foul, it’s a foul from Billy Sharp on David.

“If you get someone in the back and if a big striker’s wrestling Vic and then puts his arms all over him and heads it in the back of the net, of course he can do better but it’s a foul.

“So, when are we going to get these decisions? Because as defenders and goalkeepers, you expect a fair decision.

“For me, I know Vic will be disappointed in there and I’m sure he’s probably getting criticism, he knows he can do better, but it’s a foul so we shouldn’t even be speaking about this.

“He’s a big striker who’s bigger than Vic and he’s wrestling him, he’s got his arms all about it, he heads the ball in the back of the net.

“I had one disallowed at Burnley two, three weeks ago and the difference is massive. You can’t tell me that I did more than the striker’s done there!

“So the inconsistency is something that we need to look at.”

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