Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claims Manchester United will receive fewer penalties since Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp questioned the number of dots awarded to the Old Trafford outfit.
Solskjaer was furious after Cristiano Ronaldo was denied two strong calls for a goal in a 2-1 win over West Ham in the Premier League last weekend.
The Hammers took revenge by knocking United out of the League Cup on Wednesday with a 1-0 win, but Solskjaer’s men once again felt badly cheated when Jesse Lingard was denied a penalty.
In January, Klopp falsely claimed that United had been awarded more penalties in the two and a half years Solskjaer had been in charge than in his first five years at Anfield.
“We just have to hope we get what we deserve. We should have had three pens in the last two games,” Solskjaer said on Friday.
“I don’t know, but last year there was a certain manager who started to worry about getting penalties and after that it seems like the decisions are harder to make. I’ve seen a big, big difference since then.
“But we just have to leave it to the refs and hope they make the right decisions soon.”
With Solskjaer getting another chance to end his wait to win a trophy as the United boss has slipped past, there is even more pressure on United to challenge for the Premier League this season.
United are level with leaders Chelsea and Liverpool with 13 points from their first five games, thanks in part to Ronaldo’s flying start since his return to Old Trafford.
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored four goals in three games and Solskjaer is not concerned that the Portuguese is an outspoken man ahead of Saturday’s game against Aston Villa.
“Cristiano has been used to that since he joined the club, but perhaps more so in the last 15 years of his career,” he said.
“In his early years, I think everyone wanted to kick him because they wanted to stop him, and then he became such a top player that all the teams had to keep an eye on him.
“His track record already shows the impact he’s had with us and he’s ready for that challenge. He’s so used to it, so don’t worry.”