Solskjaer bemoans Anthony Taylor for ‘shocking’ decision to book Dan James

The decision to book Dan James for an alleged dive was a poor one, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed.

First and foremost, I’d like to heap praise on Dan James. He’s barely had a kick this term, yet the Welshman was given the opportunity to start today and he was simply outstanding. United fans all over the world agree.

His pace constantly hurt Leeds’ defence. Nobody likes a player being so direct, particularly when they’re playing with confidence. James consistently opened up gaps and ran through them. Eventually, he’d be rewarded with a deserved goal as United made it five.

There was one decision that left us all scratching our heads, though. James would be booked after a trademark lung-bursting run forward, when it looked like he’d received an arm in the face…

Replays would show exactly that. When you’re travelling at such speed, any sort of contact is going to send you tumbling. To class that as a dive is nothing short of ridiculous.


As you’d imagine, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to protect and back his player at full-time. He’d label the poor decision as ‘shocking refereeing’ and it’s hard to disagree.

Here’s what Solskjaer had to say on the alleged Dan James dive:

‘For me it’s either a penalty or a free-kick for Dan and he gets a yellow card for diving – that’s shocking refereeing.’ Solskjaer said live on Sky Sports after the game, per the Daily Mail.

This is where I have an issue with VAR. Why not go over to the monitor, take a quick look at it and rescind the booking? After all, from that point forward, James has to be a little more careful when going into tackles – all because of a poor decision from the man in the middle.

Obviously, in the end, it didn’t matter but in the game situation you don’t have the benefit of hindsight. As Solskjaer says, it’s neither a penalty nor a card, so why should James be punished for that?

More than anything, it just enhances this ‘diver’ reputation that many opposing fans like to throw at him. We know he’s not that sort of player but folk love to jump on bandwagons where possible.

For us here at OTF, we’d like to focus on the positives. James was simply outstanding today and long may that continue!

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