Chelsea historian pokes fun at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

‘A warm welcome to all new readers, especially referees’: Chelsea historian who wrote the article that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer complained about pokes fun at the Manchester United boss’ bizarre comments

  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accused Chelsea’s website of trying to influence referees
  • He was unhappy after a penalty appeal for handball was turned down
  • The offending article mentioned that Manchester United captain Harry Maguire had ‘survived VAR reviews’
  • Chelsea historian poked fun at Solskjaer after tweeting his latest match preview 

Having been the source of one of the most bizarre manager moans of the season last weekend, Chelsea’s official historian made a joke at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s expense ahead of the Blues’ clash with Liverpool on Thursday night.

Manchester United boss Solskjaer blamed ‘outside influences’ for the decision not to award his side a penalty at Stamford Bridge amid handball claims against Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi in the 0-0 draw on Sunday.

Solskjaer cited the Chelsea website’s preview for the match, which questioned decisions awarded in favour of his captain Harry Maguire, as ‘influencing referees’.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer accused Chelsea’s website of attempting to influence referees

Manchester United were not given a penalty against Chelsea despite the ball clearly hitting Callum Hudson-Odoi’s hand in the area

Plugging his preview for the Liverpool match on Thursday night, Chelsea historian Rick Glanvill jokingly tweeted: ‘The Reds host the Blues on Merseyside. (And a warm welcome to all new readers, especially referees.).’

The section of Glanvill’s preview for the United match which offended Solskjaer reads: ‘The Man United skipper’s actions will also be under scrutiny again on Sunday after his penalty area tangle with Jamal Lascelles last weekend.

‘In recent Chelsea meetings the Red Devils’ centre-back has survived VAR reviews of a potential penalty foul on Cesar Azpilicueta and violent challenge on Michy Batshuayi that may well have affected the outcome.’

The Norwegian boss hit out at Chelsea’s article singling out centre-back Harry Maguire 

The website claimed Maguire (R) ‘survived VAR reviews’ in previous meetings against Chelsea

Taking everyone by surprise, Solskjaer vented his anger at the article when quizzed on the penalty after the match. ‘From here you can see it’s handball, they’re shouting handball against our player. It’s taken two points away from us,’ he told Sky Sports.

‘It’s not right is it. It’s all these outside influences, VAR talk before the game on Harry, cheeky when they put that on the website. That’s influencing referees. 

‘You can read what they’re saying about Harry Maguire and putting pressure on referees to give penalties against us. We’ve seen there was a manager, was it Frank, that started it. Loads of talk about us getting penalties when there’s no doubt, and of course today we should’ve had a penalty.’ 

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