Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has criticised officials’ decisions as he claimed Chelsea got away with fouls in their 3-1 win in the FA Cup semifinal.

Chelsea managed to grab the ticket to the FA Cup final with a rather comfortable win against Manchester United.

The result was quite a surprise, considering Frank Lampard’s men had suffered three defeats against United prior to the game.

The Blues’ back three managed to limit United to just three shots on target throughout the game while they tested David de Gea seven times.

Solskjaer, however, thinks the officials were lenient towards Chelsea during the game and Kurt Zouma should have been sent off after his challenge on Anthony Martial.

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He told Sky Sports: “What did my Noah (his son) say the other day? It was 21 fouls and no bookings the other way.

“I don’t want to go into it again, but while you’re at it, Anthony’s (Martial) on the ball and he kicks through his foot, that’s a red card and a sending off.


“But that’s how small the margins are in football.

“It seemed that little bit of influencing the officials worked. I don’t want to start criticising because it sounds like it’s sour grapes but it isn’t.”

Prior to the clash, Lampard warned his players about United’s potential penalties, given they have been rewarded more penalties (13 before the game) than any other team in the Premier League.

It didn’t quite work as expected, however, as Callum Hudson-Odoi conceded a foul in the penalty box and United eventually had a penalty.

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