Luke Shaw misheard conversation between Man United captain Harry Maguire and Stuart Attwell about Callum Hudson-Odoi handball during Chelsea draw

Harry Maguire told his bosses that teammate Luke Shaw misheard a conversation between himself and referee Stuart Attwell during Manchester United’s goalless draw with Chelsea. After the match, Shaw expressed his belief that his skipper was told United should have been awarded a penalty at Chelsea but were not due to the potential backlash it […]

Luke Shaw misheard conversation between Man United captain Harry Maguire and Stuart Attwell about Callum Hudson-Odoi handball during Chelsea draw

Harry Maguire told his bosses that teammate Luke Shaw misheard a conversation between himself and referee Stuart Attwell during Manchester United’s goalless draw with Chelsea.

After the match, Shaw expressed his belief that his skipper was told United should have been awarded a penalty at Chelsea but were not due to the potential backlash it would cause afterwards.

It was decided Man United wouldn’t get a penalty despite the ball hitting Hudson-Odoi on the hand
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Attwell was told by the video assistant referee (VAR) to look at an incident in the first half involving Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Greenwood, with replays appearing to show the ball hitting the Chelsea man’s hand inside his own box.

But no penalty was given and the match finished goalless, with Man United losing more ground on leaders Manchester City, who won at the weekend, in the Premier League title race.

Shaw, though, suggested Attwell opted not to penalise the Chelsea winger through fear of the fear of the headlines it would generate.

“If it’s not going to be a penalty, l don’t think they needed to stop the game,” he told Sky Sports.

“The ref even said to H [Harry Maguire] that ‘if I say it is a pen then it is going to cause a lot of talk afterwards’. H got told it was a penalty.

Maguire was told Man United should have had a penalty by Atwell, says Shaw
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“I don’t understand why the game is stopped. It’s confusing with VAR.

“I’m not going to moan about it because l don’t think either team did enough to win.”

United later moved to clarify the conversation between Maguire and Attwell, telling Sky Sports News that Maguire has told club officials that Shaw misheard what was said regarding the penalty.

Nevertheless, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was furious with the decision, insisting it was ‘100 per cent’ a penalty and they have been robbed of two points, with his mood not helped by an article which appeared on their opponent’s website ahead of the match.

The article in question referenced Maguire’s elbow on Jamal Lascelles during Man United’s win over Newcastle last weekend, with Solskjaer suggesting referees are being influenced into not giving his side decisions.

It read: “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.”

Solskjaer told Sky Sports: “It’s not right, is it? It’s all these outside influences, even the VAR talk before the game on Harry, that’s cheeky. That’s cheeky when they put that on their website, that’s influencing referees!

“You read about what they say about the controversy about Harry Maguire, putting pressure on referees to give penalties against us.

Maguire featured in United’s 4-1 win at Newcastle and his clash with Lascalles was the subject of talk ahead of the Chelsea game
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“There’s loads of talk about us getting penalties… and now of course we should’ve had a penalty, that’s clear.”

Asked if he had been given an explanation as to why United’s penalty claim was rejected, Solskjaer said he hadn’t.

“They probably thought his hand was in a very natural position when he flicked that ball.

“It’s gone now. Obviously they thought his hand was in a natural position when he flicked the ball.

“I’m a bit concerned we don’t get those penalties after what noises were made a month or two about us getting penalties.

“There is a point of managers influencing the referees.”

Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard was one of those who questioned the number of spot kicks United were awarded as well as Jurgen Klopp.

“That’s just the nature of us as managers isn’t it? If anything goes against you, you probably want to highlight it.

“I trust the referees not to be influenced by it.

“But I was very surprised by this decision.

“Live, I didn’t think it was a penalty, so I understand why he didn’t give it straight away.

“But looking back, it’s not a very natural position to have your hand in.”