Manchester United have insisted that full-back Luke Shaw misheard a conversation between Harry Maguire and referee Stuart Attwell during Sunday’s Premier League match against Chelsea.
The Red Devils were back in action when they faced-off against Thomas Tuchel’s in-form Blues.
Despite the excitement surrounding the giant clash, the game which ensued was a drab and boring encounter.
Sunday’s match ended 0-0 and Solskjaer will still be reeling his side weren’t given the opportunity to take all three points.
United were denied a certain penalty after winger Callum Hudson-Odoi handled the ball inside of his own area.
However, upon a VAR check, referee Attwell opted against awarding the spot-kick.
In a shocking claim post-match, Shaw claimed he’d heard Attwell tell Maguire that he couldn’t give the penalty because it would create too much controversy.
Speaking after the game, Shaw said: “At the time, I saw a handball.
“I didn’t know whether it was Mason or Callum. I just carried on. I didn’t even know there was a potential check.
“I don’t know why they stopped [the game] if it wasn’t going to be a pen. The ref even said to H (Harry Maguire), I heard him that ‘if I say it is a pen, then it is going to cause a lot of talk about it after’, so I don’t know what happened there.
“H said that they got told it was a pen. He got told it was a penalty by VAR so I’m not sure what’s gone on.
“I don’t understand why he’s stopped. If he’s going to stop, you would think maybe he is going to give a pen, because we had the ball. We were attacking.
“It’s confusing with this VAR, because if it’s not going to be a pen, they might as well carry on, not stop the flow of the game. But I’m not going to moan about it, because I don’t think either team did enough to win.”
In light of Shaw’s eye-opening claims, United have now responded.
According to Sky Sports, officials at the club are adamant Shaw misheard the conversation which took place between Maguire and Attwell.
It is not known at this stage exactly what the next step will be, for either Shaw or the club, but one thing is for sure, it’s never a good look when the side doesn’t publicly back a player.