Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has expressed his incredulity at Mark Clattenburg suggesting referees were wary not to award penalties to Manchester United during the reign of Sir Alex Ferguson.
United have been given 42 penalties since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over in December 2018, compared to the 46 Liverpool have earned during more than five years under Klopp.
And while bewildered by that figure, Carragher was even more flabbergasted at the revelation from former referee Clattenburg regarding his own playing days.
“It’s an extraordinary amount of penalties that Manchester United have had," said the Sky Sports pundit.
"I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s been since Bruno Fernandes came, actually. And he seems to score them all.
“But the stuff that Mark Clattenburg came out with was unbelievable. When you look at why Manchester United dropped off, and why they are now back in the race…
"You have a referee who has suggested that (Sir Alex) Ferguson made them (the referees) give penalties to United, basically. They were terrified not to give penalties.
“Now they are getting penalties again, and they are challenging again. Mad isn’t it – what a coincidence!
Carragher, meanwhile, is confident Mohamed Salah will remain at Liverpool beyond the end of the season given he expects potential suitors to be seeking younger signings.
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"Mo Salah is definitely one of those players who would look at his career and maybe would want a Barcelona or a Real Madrid on his CV," said the Reds legend. "Some players look at their career like that. I think (Eden) Hazard always wanted to go to Real Madrid at some stage.
"But I think the situation now, financially and Salah's age - he is 28 - when you get to that stage... if this was going to happen, you are talking in excess of £100m and I just don't think clubs have got that type of money right now.
"Those type of clubs, Real Madrid and Barcelona, I think they would be looking at Mbappe or Haaland ahead of Salah now because of his age.
"Those two clubs are not flush with money at the moment and his contract still has some time to run at Liverpool, so I'm not fearful as a Liverpool fan that he is going to leave any time soon."
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