Sol­sk­jaer and Neville slam Romeu for ‘nasty’ tackle on Green­wood

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Mike McGrath

Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer feared Ma­son Green­wood would miss the rest of Manchester United’s sea­son af­ter a “nasty” chal­lenge by Oriol Romeu that went un­pun­ished by the video as­sis­tant ref­eree.

The United man­ager felt Romeu could have been sent off for the first-half lunge at Green­wood’s an­kle, although the 18-year-old was able to carry on dur­ing the 2-2 draw at Old Traf­ford.

“My an­kle would be gone and I would be out for a month,” said Sol­sk­jaer. “He’s got strong an­kles. I don’t think any­one would have been sur­prised if there was a dif­fer­ent out­come. I men­tioned it to the fourth of­fi­cial. It was a nasty one.”

For­mer United cap­tain Gary Neville, work­ing as a Sky Sports pun­dit, felt Romeu was de­lib­er­ately try­ing to target Green­wood, yet the Var did not ask the on-field of­fi­cial, Chris Ka­vanagh, to look at his pitch­side mon­i­tor.

“He’s tried to do him there. The ball is gone. They can be leg-break­ers, those ones,” Neville said.

United con­ceded a 96th-minute equaliser by Michael Obafemi to drop points for the first time since their open­ing Project Restart game. Ear­lier they had fallen be­hind to Stuart Arm­strong’s opener but went ahead through Mar­cus Rash­ford and An­thony Mar­tial.

Obafemi’s lev­eller came when United had 10 men on the pitch, af­ter Bran­don Wil­liams suf­fered a cut to the head and could not see out of one eye. De­spite only mak­ing four sub­sti­tu­tions, rules state that changes can only be used three times dur­ing the match, which United had al­ready done.

“I don’t know if you [should] look into those rules,” Sol­sk­jaer said. “It was a bad cut. We didn’t have too many min­utes to see it out so we should have done bet­ter.”

Sol­sk­jaer is no stranger to stop­page-time goals, af­ter his Cham­pi­ons League win­ner in 1999, and be­moaned his team not tak­ing their chances. They would have moved into the Cham­pi­ons League places for the first time since Septem­ber if they had held on.

“We de­fended well un­til that cor­ner, so it is dis­ap­point­ing to get that in the 96th minute. I know the feel­ing the other way as well,” he said.

“It’s the worst time to con­cede a goal but that hap­pens in football, you just have to be strong and take it be­cause we won so many games our­selves that way. It’s all part of the learn­ing of this team to be sat there re­ally dis­ap­pointed af­ter you think you have the three points in the bag, but we didn’t de­serve three points.”

United left-back Luke Shaw will need a scan af­ter go­ing off with an an­kle in­jury.

Southamp­ton man­ager Ralph Hasen­huttl felt his team passed the test of cop­ing with the pres­sure of play­ing at Old Traf­ford.

“Apart from 10 min­utes in the first half when we weren’t on the front foot, it was good,” he said. “In pos­ses­sion it was one of our best games. I have learned that we are in a good way.”

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