Manchester United have won 20 Premier League penalties since the start of the last season, and they have been criticized because of their good record by opponents.
was the latest who joined the critics of the penalties given to the Red Devils as
are topping the table of penalties given since the last season.
Although the German coach’s comments have been tipped by
to be a try to influence referees,
has given his verdict on the topic.
“As a forward line, we want to go and score goals, when you are making runs in behind or dribbling with the ball and if you see a challenge coming, you don't want to get tackled because you are looking at an opportunity to score a goal,”
told the FWA.
“There is no way you are going to let somebody take the ball off you, so, for me, it is just a case of us wanting to score goals and the teams wanting to defend goals and penalties can happen. There have been times when we have probably not got penalties.
“I remember when Jose was manager, there were five or six times where I should have had a penalty and Jose ended up saying to me: 'If you are not savvy about the way you do it, then you are not going to get given it.'
“After that, we started to get a few penalties. It was something in terms of development you have to learn that and understand it.”
will face their arch-rivals on Sunday ahead of probably the most important the North West Derby during the recent seasons. The Red Devils are topping the table with three points ahead of
go into Sunday’s game in a better place than they have been in recent years.
“I believe that we have one of the most versatile squads in the Premier League, especially going forward. It is exciting, but it is the beginning of something, we want to keep progressing and keep improving,”
The English striker, who was receiving the Football Writers' Association award for outstanding contribution, explained.
“We have to show we are ready to fight for what we want and what we all want is success. We are more ready now than we were two years ago in terms of leaders on the pitch and ready to fight for trophies. But still we need to get our hands on those trophies.”