Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sarcastically claims Erik Lamela will need an operation after Anthony Martial red card

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has slammed Erik Lamela for his part in the incident that saw Anthony Martial shown a red card for Manchester United.

United were thrashed 6-1 at Old Trafford by Tottenham, inflicting the Red Devils’ worst home defeat since 2011.

The hosts took an early lead, but conceded two quick-fire goals to fall behind in the first ten minutes.

And then with the score at 2-1, Martial was dismissed for an off-the-ball incident before a Spurs corner.



Martial was sent off for an off-the-ball incident involving Lamela

Replays showed that the Spurs winger appeared to hit Martial in the chest, before the Frenchman angrily reacted, seeming to slap him in the throat.

VAR checked the incident, but upheld Anthony Taylor’s original decision.

That allowed the floodgates to open as United went on to concede four more times, bringing their early season total to a staggering 11.

Solskjaer pulled no punches in his post-match assessment and while admitting Martial had no excuse, he did claim Lamela wasn’t an entirely innocent party.

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Martial waited for VAR but ultimately, he was given his marching orders

“There’s no excuse,” Solskjaer said. “He must be having an operation the boy [Lamela] on his throat. Bad reaction by Anthony but it’s no excuse.

“The game’s not lost there and then. We were in the game by then and if that was one of my players I would absolutely hang him up to dry because you don’t go down like that.

“If Ant had gone down it would have gone the other way, but he shouldn’t react like that.”

On the game itself, the United boss added: “After 2-1, when we’re still in the game, after the red card, everything after that is all that [embarrassing and not good enough]. It’s even quite a few things before then.

“You don’t win games of football by making individual mistakes, errors, making a performance like that.

“It’s alarming it’s nowhere near good enough. Hold my hand up. It’s my decision to pick the team and as a squad it’s not good enough for Manchester United.”

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