Man Utd boss makes penalty claim after FA Cup final loss
Manchester United boss Marc Skinner was adamant his side should have been awarded a penalty in their FA Cup final loss to Chelsea.
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Despite a dominant first half display, a 69th minute goal from Chelsea’s Sam Kerr condemned United to a 1-0 defeat in front of a record crowd of 77,390 at Wembley this afternoon.
“I think people can see just who we are. We were more mature today and couldn’t play our style of football today so mixed it” said Skinner in the aftermath of the loss.
“Chelsea are winners - they spend a lot of money to win. We are trying to build something from different budgets, we are only five years old. I believe we are building that and it is exciting. I think we can get the better of this team - that is my belief as a coach. We’ve let ourselves down in one moment today and Sam’s punished us. That’s why they pay her the big money” he added.
While the 40-year-old head coach conceded he wanted his side to “shoot more” he was scathing in the decision not to award his side a penalty after seeing Nikita Parris felled on the edge of the penalty area, saying: “I think there’s a penalty in there, I still think that.
“I don’t know if there’s VAR-ed the line where the contact is but for me that is very, very close. I don’t think the officials are ever going to give that until we’re the team on top - then they’ll be given to us.
Skinner and his side could also be seen at the end of the game arm in arm as they watched Emma Hayes’ side celebrate with the trophy and he admitted it was intended to “build a fire” inside of his squad.
“We lit a fire. If you remember last year in the Chelsea game - we have beaten our best ever points tally, we’re the best in loads of stats around the league and we are still fighting to win the league. For a team that is only five years old? That’s the fire. Today we see it again.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that this team will win things. No doubt in my mind whatsoever.”