Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg is struggling to understand why Stuart Attwell didn’t give Man Utd a penalty in their 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Sunday.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was left extremely frustrated after the Red Devils were held to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge after he thought Man Utd should’ve been given a clear penalty.
Following a Video Assistant Referee (VAR) check, Callum Hudson-Odoi was judged not to have handled the ball deliberately in the penalty area.
But Clattenburg couldn’t believe it wasn’t given as a spot-kick with Hudson-Odoi’s hand in “an unnatural position”.
Clattenburg wrote in the Daily Mail: “I am amazed Manchester United were not awarded a penalty in the first half for the clear handball by Callum Hudson-Odoi.
“The Chelsea player’s arm was up in an unnatural position and the ball hit his hand.
“VAR Chris Kavanagh thought referee Stuart Attwell had missed a clear penalty so he gave him the opportunity to review it at his pitch-side monitor.
“How Attwell did not then point to the spot, having been shown the same angles that we were, is a mystery.”
And there was no doubt in the mind of Solskjaer that it was a penalty and the Man Utd boss claimed that managers are “influencing the referees”.
When asked whether it had been explained to him why the penalty wasn’t given, Solskjaer said: “No. They probably thought his hand was in a very natural position when he flicked that ball.
“It’s gone now. Obviously they thought his hand was in a natural position when he flicked the ball.
“I’m a bit concerned we don’t get those penalties after what noises were made a month or two about us getting penalties.
“There is a point of managers influencing the referees.”