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‘If that was my son, he doesn’t get food’ – Solskjaer, Mourinho react to VAR howler

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said “the game is gone” after a controversial disallowed goal following VAR review in their 3-1 win at Tottenham on Sunday.

Edinson Cavani had a goal ruled out following a video assistant referee consultation after Scott McTominay caught Son Heung-min in the face in the buildup to the goal.

“If that was my son and he stays down and he needs his mates to help him up, he doesn’t get food because that’s embarrassing,” Solskjaer said.

“The game’s absolutely gone.”

Son stood down clutching his face, forcing a VAR review

Son gave Spurs the lead after that controversy before Fred, Cavani and Mason Greenwood scored to give the Red Devils deserved three points.

Solskjaer added: “If that’s a clear and obvious error, it’s an obvious error he had to look at it. It was a perfectly good goal.

“They are conned [by Son]. We weren’t conned, the referee was.

“Unfortunately the referee decided we are not playing football or VAR decided probably. I’m absolutely shocked if that is a foul.”

Ole was left seething after the decision to cancel the goal

On Solskjaer’s claim, Mourinho said: “First of all, let me tell you something. I’m very, very surprised that after the comments that Ole made on Sonny, you don’t ask me about it.

“Because – and I told Ole already this because I met him just a few minutes ago – if it’s me, telling that player A, B or C from another club, if it was my son I wouldn’t give him dinner tonight, what would be the reaction of that?

“It’s very, very sad. I think it’s really sad that you don’t ask me about that. It’s sad you don’t have the moral honestly to treat me the same way as you treat others.

“In relation to that, I just want to say that Sonny is very lucky that his father is a better person than Ole. I am a father. I think as a father you have always to feed your kids. Doesn’t matter what they do. If you have to steal to feed your kids, you steal.

“I’m very, very disappointed. As we say in Portugal, bread is bread and cheese is cheese. I told Ole already what I think about his comments and I’m very disappointed that in five, six, seven questions you ignore the dimensions of that comment.”

Spurs boss Mourinho has been a vocal critic of the VAR system since it was introduced in the Premier League last season.

“It’s difficult for everybody,” he said. “For us, for the players, for the referees. Lots of contradictions and decisions you don’t understand very well. That’s not my problem, I cannot fix this.”

Referencing a narrow offside decision against Wolves in their 1-0 win over Fulham on Friday, Mourinho said:

“I watched Fulham versus Wolves. I don’t understand anything anymore. Sometimes you get, sometimes you don’t get. I don’t know how to comment. You don’t celebrate a goal because you are afraid.”

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