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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer played down the VAR debate surrounding his side’s goal against Liverpool and instead praised the referee for his performance at Old Trafford.

Liverpool were left furious when Marcus Rashford’s first-half strike was given as they felt Divock Origi was fouled by Victor Lindelof in the build-up.

To compound matters, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane had a goal disallowed via VAR minutes later for handball, though the Reds did level late on through Adam Lallana to earn a point.

Solskjaer backed the officials’ decisions after the game and felt referee Martin Atkinson deserves credit for allowing the fiercely contested game to flow.

“I thought the referee needs praising,” Solskjaer told BBC Sport . "It's not often we do that. He let it be a derby game, it wasn't like you couldn't touch anyone."

On the controversy surrounding the opening goal, Solskjaer added: "It's never a foul. I don't think Keano (Roy Keane) would say that's a foul.”

Rashford’s strike looked to be good enough to earn the Red Devils all three points only for Lallana to snatch their great rivals a point with an equaliser five minutes from time.

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