Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer channelled his inner Jose Mourinho with a furious reaction to the decision to award West Ham a penalty in his side’s win over the Hammers.
Cristiano Ronaldo had equalised following Said Benrahma’s opener 30 minutes into the clash at the London Stadium.
Ronaldo then saw two claims for a penalty turned down by referee Martin Atkinson within the final 15 minutes as United laboured to find a winning goal.
Jesse Lingard stepped off the bench to deliver that winner, firing past Lukas Fabianski with a minute of normal time remaining, but the drama did not end there.
With mere seconds remaining, Andriy Yarmolenko fired in a cross which Luke Shaw blocked with his raised arm.
Atkinson did not award a spot-kick at first, but after reviewing the incident on the pitchside monitor, he overturned his original decision.
Solskjaer and his United team were left furious by the decision, with David De Gea continuing to protest with Atkinson.
The goalkeeper’s reaction was much calmer than his manager’s though, as Solskjaer vented his frustration in a move that had the echoes of Mourinho.
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The current United boss picked up a water bottle that was lying on the edge of his technical area.
Solskjaer then launched it in fury at the ground to show his unhappiness with the fact that the Hammers had been given the chance to claim a point.
He need not have worried though, with De Gea holding firm to save Mark Noble’s spot-kick and ensure United moved up to third in the Premier League table.
Solskjaer’s reaction drew comparisons to Mourinho, who had his own water bottle-related incident during his spell in charge of United.
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Mourinho’s bottle fury came during a Champions League group stage game against Swiss Super League side Young Boys in November 2018.
The Red Devils had struggled to find a goal despite dominating possession at Old Trafford, with Mourinho growing increasingly frustrated with his side.
He vented that frustration in the fourth minute of added time, when Marouane Fellaini controlled a knock on from Romelu Lukaku before turning and finishing neatly into the bottom corner.
Mourinho reacted to the goal by kicking one crate of water bottles before picking up and another and throwing it to the ground.
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