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Solskjaer disagrees with VAR for first Manchester United penalty in Norwich victory

22:26 GMT 27/10/2019
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Man Utd
The Red Devils boss was unconvinced after video technology gave his team a chance to extend their lead

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Manchester United should not have been awarded their first penalty against Norwich City after another Premier League match dominated by contentious VAR decisions.

United were given two spot-kicks at Carrow Road on Sunday, but Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial both failed to beat Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul.

Rashford and Martial did get on the scoresheet, however, as Solskjaer's side, who went ahead thanks to Scott McTominay, cruised to a 3-1 win - their first away league victory in nine attempts.

Both penalties were awarded by VAR, which also played a huge part in Arsenal's draw with Crystal Palace, while the system caused controversy on Saturday when it was used to award Brighton and Hove Albion a spot-kick against Everton.

United's first penalty came when Daniel James and Ben Godfrey collided in the area and, while Solskjaer believes the Red Devils' second penalty for a handball by Todd Cantwell was justified, he questioned the initial intervention.

"I don't want to talk too much about VAR. I disagree with the first one," Solskjaer told BBC Sport.

"The second one is [a penalty] but both should be retaken, the goalkeeper is a yard off his line. We are talking about it again.

"VAR is there to help but when it takes ages like the first penalty, it is not a clear and obvious error. When it took that long, it is a signal that it should not have been [given]."

United's form has picked up since coming back from the international break, with Solskjaer's team having followed up the 1-1 draw against league leaders Liverpool last Sunday with successive victories.

McTominay nabbed his second goal of the season to open the scoring in the 21st minute, with a curling shot into the bottom right corner after the Canaries failed to get the corner clear.

Rashford failed to beat Krul from the spot shortly after, with the shot stopper diving to this right to block the strike, but the England international scored in the next minute, running on to James' through ball and finishing crisply past the goalkeeper.

Just before the half-time break, Todd Cantwell conceded another penalty after handballing Fred's shot but Martial couldn't find a way past Krul, who dove left to make the save.

Martial made amends in the second half, scoring United's third with a deft chip over the goalkeeper after being played in by a Rashford flick.

Norwich pulled a goal back through Onel Hernandez in the 88th minute but United held on to avoid any nervous moments in injury time.

The Red Devils will next be in action away at Chelsea in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, before travelling to Bournemoufh in the Premier League on Saturday.