‘Wrong and uncalled for’ – Pundit blasts Solskjaer for comments about Son

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Heung-min Son
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Paul Robinson has criticised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for his comments about Son Heung-min following Tottenham’s 3-1 loss to Manchester United on Sunday.

Referee Chris Kavanaugh’s decision to rule out Edison Cavani’s first-half goal for a foul on Son by Scott McTominay in the build-up has been one of the main talking points from the match over the last few days.

Solskjaer labelled Son’s reaction as ’embarrassing‘ and insisted that he would not feed his own son if he had behaved similarly to the Tottenham forward.

Jose Mourinho took issue with the comments and insisted that the South Korean was lucky to have a better father than the Norwegian.

Robinson has now said that the United boss’ comments regarding the 28-year-old were completely uncalled for as all players tend to go down these days when there is contact.

The former Spurs goalkeeper claimed that Solskjaer should have directed his criticism at the refereeing decision rather than the Tottenham man.

He told Football Insider: “Solskjaer’s comments were disrespectful. They were not needed.

“He should’ve said, ‘Son’s reaction wasn’t great but my players sometimes do that as well.’ You see players do this week in, week out now to gain an advantage.

“They will not stop reacting like that until referees stop giving fouls for it. The players know how to play the system and how to gain advantage.

“They get paid handsome bonuses for winning games so they will take any advantage they can. Everyone is judged on results. It is not up to players to stop doing it, it is up to referees to stop awarding them fouls.

“The standard of refereeing in this country is just not where it should be. Solskjaer’s comments were wrong and uncalled for, especially given that they won.”

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While I understand why it was harsh to give the foul, the reality is that the incident would not have even been checked by VAR if Son had not gone down. The players nowadays have little choice but to go down if there is contact. To single out Son for the criticism in the manner Solskjaer did was uncalled for.

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