‘It is difficult to play with’: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer blames Europa League BALL for being ‘light’ after Manchester United are held to Club Brugge draw
- Manchester United had Anthony Martial to thank for rescuing a draw in Belgium
- Japanese manufacturer Molten provides the match balls in the Europa League
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said the Europa League ball was flat against Club Brugge
By Simon Peach, Press Association Chief Football Writer
Published: : 08 EST, (February)
Solskjaer will be hoping for better football from his side next Thursday – and in an ideal world a better ball.
Thankfully Martial was concentrating when Brandon Mechele inexplicably allowed Maxim De Cuyper’s thrown-in to drop, with the United forward showing pace and strength to race through before beating former Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
‘It was a good goal today,’ Solskjaer said. ‘He wasn’t really in the game before he scored the goal.
‘ We didn’t create enough, or we didn’t make enough runs in behind to create space for Anthony and it was a frustrating night for him until then.
Solskjaer said that it had been a frustrating night for Martial up until his equalizing goal
‘Then ( a) good goal and then he gets a good chance with his left foot, good strike, good save by Mignolet. ‘
That second chance hit the post but United should have been fighting an uphill battle from the outset in the view of Club Brugge head coach Philippe Clement.
Before beating Romero with a clipped effort, the video assistant referee reviewed a third-minute challenge by the Argentina international on Dennis in the box.
‘For me it’s a clear penalty,’ Clement said. ‘If I see the images and in some countries it’s a red card, if you go with two feet forward against the leg of somebody, it’s a red card.
‘All the circumstances need to go your way if you’re going to beat United and tonight we did not get that.
Club Brugge head coach Philippe Clement believes his side should have had a penalty early on
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