Garth Crooks stated that he has ‘never heard such tosh’ after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer suggested that Ollie Watkins was infringing David de Gea during Aston Villa’s 1-0 win at Manchester United on Saturday, as he told BBC Sport.
The Manchester United boss claimed Villa’s winning goal, which came via the head of Kortney Hause following a corner, should have been ruled for ‘offside’, as he told Sky Sports.
Watkins was stood near United keeper when Hause powered his header home and Solskjaer thinks the Villa striker was in the Spaniard’s eye-line and they were ‘unfortunate’ for that moment to go against them.
Of course, Solskjaer is forgetting that his side missed numerous opportunities during the game, despite Villa taking the game to the Premier League title-challengers and playing a high-line.
Added with that, it was his expert penalty-taker that decided to blast his spot-kick over the bar, out of the stadium and out of Manchester.
Nonetheless, Crooks wasn’t having any of what Solskjaer was saying, as he also felt that the penalty awarded to the home team was ‘harsh’.
“I thought the penalty awarded against Hause for handball was harsh,” said Crooks.
“But that was the opinion of the referee Mike Dean. He’s not my favourite referee but it was at least his decision and not VAR’s.
“As for Solskjaer whinging about an infringement by Ollie Watkins on David de Gea for the goal, I have never heard such tosh.”
It was a deserved victory for Dean Smith’s men, who probably should have scored at least two goals in the first half.
Matt Targett missed an open goal when his fellow fullback put the ball across the face of the goal, as his charging near-post shot sailed over the bar.
And then Villa’s high-pressing and aggressive nature forced the home side into a mistake, with Watkins seeing his shot inside the area being saved by the sprawling de Gea.
Man United will also look towards the efforts they should have put away, especially Mason Greenwood, who made a number of poor decisions in front of goal.