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Gary Lineker has hit back at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s criticism of the Premier League’s new laws on awarding fouls after Manchester United were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton.
Solskjaer’s side were unable to secure all three points away against the Saints with the United boss claiming there should have been a foul awarded for Jack Stephens’ challenge on Bruno Fernandes in the lead up to Southampton’s goal.
This follows earlier criticism made by Jurgen Klopp towards the more lenient stance referees are taking towards challenges this season, with the Liverpool manager saying it was a ‘backwards’ step.
But Gary Lineker has voiced his disapproval towards Solskjaer’s comments calling for referees to prevent injury risks to his players.
Speaking after the draw on Sunday, Solskjaer said: "If that is the way they want to go, we will get injuries. Hopefully we can find a middle way.
"It's a foul. He goes straight through Bruno, his hip and with his armpit and his arm across him.
"I'm not worried but we have to look at it because we can't go from one extreme of volleyball or basketball from last year and go into rugby now.
"I liked the more lenient way, it's more men's football but, still, that is a clear foul."
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But Lineker, who regularly voices his opinion on matters concerning the game on social media, believes the new rules improves the spectacle for fans.
Lineker said on Twitter: “No Ole, that’s not true.
"The constant free kicks for minimal contact & endless stoppages was making the game dull, as well as encouraging diving.
“Real fouls & dangerous play are still punished, as they should be, but it’s a much more enjoyable spectacle when it’s a contact sport.”
Man United are currently fifth in the table and will play Wolves next as they hope to mount a title challenge this season.
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