Harry Maguire hints Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho are to blame for Man Utd VAR decisions

Man Utd: Solskjaer calls for greater VAR consistency

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Manchester United captain Harry Maguire believes his team have suffered from incorrect VAR decisions ever since opposing teams started complaining about them. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho have both been critical of the amount of penalties United have received in the past two seasons.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were awarded a penalty with the score at 1-1 in Sunday’s match at struggling West Brom.

Baggies defender Semi Ajayi was adjudged to have tripped Maguire in the box.

However, VAR advised referee Craig Pawson to review the incident on the pitchside monitor, and the decision was reversed.

Maguire also appeared to be in an offside position, though the officials didn’t seem to take that into account when looking at the replays.

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Speaking after the match, England international Maguire suggested comments from the likes of Klopp and Mourinho have led to a change in luck for his team when it comes to refereeing decisions.

“Ever since other people from other teams spoke about us we’ve had absolutely nothing from the referee or VAR,” Maguire told MUTV.

“At the moment we’re playing without them so we’ve got to make sure we’re not leaving the game in the hands of the referee or the VAR.”

Speaking last month, Klopp commented on United’s penalty statistics.

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“Man Utd had more penalties in two years than me in five-and-a-half years… but no excuses for tonight,” the German said.

Earlier in the season, former United boss Mourinho joked Solskjaer relies on his team winning penalties.

“What is important for him are the dimensions of the 18-yard box,” the Portuguese said.

“He would never accept to play with a 17-yard box. I think he would prefer a 22-yard box. For him it would be better.”

Maguire also spoke to Sky Sports after the match at the Hawthorns and reiterated his thoughts that the penalty should have stood.

“I was so certain it was a penalty,” Maguire said.

“I don’t understand why he’s been sent to the monitor to even check it.

“I’m goal side of the defender, I feel a touch on my shoulder, he’s pulling me back and then I feel actually a little clip on my heels as well.

“It was minimal but it’s a penalty, especially after the referee points to the penalty spot you think there’s no chance it’s getting overturned.

“I was so confident that it was going to be given as a penalty but it seems like the decisions at the moment are going against us.

“But we’ve got to be doing more to win the game. We can’t be relying on VAR decisions, we’ve got to do more to win the game.

“We huffed and puffed and created chances but we’ve still got to improve.”

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