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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer channels his inner Jose Mourinho with furious Man Utd reaction

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer channelled his inner Jose Mourinho with a furious reaction to the decision to award West Ham a penalty in his side’s win over the Hammers.

Cristiano Ronaldo had equalised following Said Benrahma’s opener 30 minutes into the clash at the London Stadium.

Ronaldo had two penalty claims turned down within the final fifteen minutes by Martin Atkinson as United tried to find a winning goal.

Jesse Lingard scored that winning goal, beating Lukas Fabianski in the final minute of normal play. But the drama didn’t end there.



Ole Gunnar Solskjaer launched a bottle in a furious reaction to West Ham being awarded a penalty
Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer launched a bottle in a furious reaction to West Ham being awarded a penalty

With mere seconds remaining, Andriy Yarmolenko fired in a cross which Luke Shaw blocked with his raised arm.

Atkinson initially did not award a spot kick, but after reviewing the incident from the pitchside monitor, he reversed his decision.

Solskjaer and his United teammates were furious at the decision. David De Gea continued to protest with Atkinson.

The goalkeeper’s reaction was much calmer than his manager’s though, as Solskjaer vented his frustration in a move that had the echoes of Mourinho.

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Referee Martin Atkinson adjudged Luke Shaw to have handled the ball after reviewing the VAR monitor
Referee Martin Atkinson adjudged Luke Shaw to have handled the ball after reviewing the VAR monitor

The current United boss picked up a water bottle that was lying on the edge of his technical area.

Solskjaer then hurled it at the ground in fury to express his dismay at the Hammers being allowed to claim a point.

He need not have worried though, with De Gea holding firm to save Mark Noble’s spot-kick and ensure United moved up to third in the Premier League table.

Solskjaer’s reaction drew comparisons to Mourinho, who had his own water bottle-related incident during his spell in charge of United.



Solskjaer's reaction drew comparisons to Jose Mourinho's similar incident with water bottles during a Champions League match against Young Boys
Solskjaer’s reaction drew comparisons to Jose Mourinho’s similar incident with water bottles during a Champions League match against Young Boys


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer channels his inner Jose Mourinho with furious Man Utd reaction

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Mourinho’s bottle fury came during a Champions League group stage game against Swiss Super League side Young Boys in November 2018.

Mourinho was growing increasingly frustrated at his side after the Red Devils failed to score despite being in possession at Old Trafford.

In the fourth minute of extra time, Mourinho vented his frustration when Marouane Faellaini managed a Romelu Lukaku knock on before turning and finishing in the bottom corner.

Mourinho was furious at the goal and kicked one crate full of water bottles, before getting up another and throwing it away.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer channels his inner Jose Mourinho with furious Man Utd reaction
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