Mind games: Solskjaer sends message to VAR ref ahead of Wembley semi-final showdown

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Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have a lot at stake for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final clash.

Both managers are yet to win a trophy in their managerial career and will be keen to lift the FA Cup. Of course they won it as players, with Lampard lifting the FA Cup four times and Solskjaer twice.

Ahead of Sunday’s clash between the two rivals in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley Stadium, a lot has been said, with the two managers employing mind game tactics.

Lampard had claimed that Solskjaer’s side tend to get VAR decisions in their favour, but Solskjaer has given his reply as he insists that decisions go against his side more often than not.

Solskjaer has even taken it a step further as he went ahead to send a message to Mike Dean and Michael Oliver, referee and VAR controller for Sunday’s game respectively, as he insists they won’t be influenced by the comments made about his side this week.

“There’s a narrative there but we have to focus on our games. We let other people talk about that, I don’t want to go too much into it because I might be in trouble,” Solskjaer said.

“I hope I’m not now! I’m pretty relaxed on these and refs are going to be making objective decisions and are not going to be influenced by any emotion in any way, so I don’t think they’ll read [what Lampard said].”

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