‘If that was my son he’d be living on water and bread’ – Solskjaer hits out at Erik Lamela

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur may have scored six and Manchester United may have been awarded a penalty just 30 seconds into the game, but the most controversial moment of the match will likely go to Erik Lamela.

When Spurs were 2-1 up, having come from behind through Tanguy Ndombele and Heung-min Son goals, Anthony Martial was shown a straight red card by the referee.

Replays showed that Erik Lamela had lashed out against the Man United forward by hitting him in the chest. Martial then replied by brushing the Argentine’s face with his hand.

As the Premier League show no mercy with regards to face contact, Martial was shown the red and Lamela was spared, despite also being guilty himself.

2-1 down and with just ten men, Man United continued to struggle and eventually lost 6-1 at Old Trafford.

Red Devils manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reacted to the Lamela incident after the full-time whistle by thoroughly hitting out at the Tottenham attacker.

He said (Football London): “For me yeah of course. It’s like two emotions. Well done to Anthony for not going down and trying to con the referee to send Lamela off. He puts his arm on Anthony’s chest. He shouldn’t react. Anthony knows you cannot react like this by putting two fingers on his throat. But then, come on. You cannot go down like that and it’s an absolute joke for me that a lad can stay up for five seconds before he decides to go down. If that was my son he’d be living on water and bread for two weeks. That’s not how I want my players to act.”

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  1. So Olly how is it you want you players to act? Not by brushing (or should we say slapping which how it really was) an opponents face, or how about stamping on an opponent, raking your studs down an opponents ankle, or kick out at a player with studs when on the ground following a challenge? Utd were ill disciplined and tactically inept but your attention is on Lamela’s behaviour? Get real man!


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