Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has reminded his players to be wary of Manchester United’s ability to win penalties ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup semifinal at Wembley.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has been given 13 penalties in the Premier League this season, the joint-most any team have had in a Premier League season.
The 13 penalties also make up 16.5 percent of the total 79 penalties awarded this season, the highest proportion of any side in a season in the competition’s history.
Considering Marcus Rashford has scored two penalty goals against Chelsea this season, Lampard has warned his players about making any unnecessary challenge inside the penalty box.
He told the Telegraph: “They have to be careful because when players of such high level, quality and speed of the United forwards travel quickly, you have to move your feet and not dive in on them.
“That’s an important part of defending at any point in time, but especially when you understand the qualities of the opposition with players like that.
“And [Bruno] Fernandes, to be fair, because he’s very clever in his movement.”
Lampard also had his say about the controversial penalty decision given to Manchester United against Aston Villa last week.
“We saw that at Aston Villa, to make something feel like a penalty where maybe it even isn’t,” said the Chelsea manager.
“The players don’t have to give that.
“We can talk about Var decisions and whether they’re right or wrong, but if a player is going to dangle a leg and not move their feet, then you obviously do leave yourself open to penalties, Var or no Var.”