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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is concerned referees will shy away from giving Cristiano Ronaldo penalties following Manchester United’s win over West Ham.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner was twice denied a spot-kick by referee Martin Atkinson in the Red Devils’ last-gasp victory at the London Stadium last Sunday.

Norwegian Solskjaer is hoping that won’t be a reoccurring theme this season, declaring: “We had two stonewall penalties. Clear as day.

“I’m just hoping it’s not one of them where Cristiano Ronaldo never wins a penalty.”

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United ran out 2-1 winners thanks to a stoppage-time penalty save from David de Gea, who had failed to save the previous 21 spot-kicks he’d faced.

Solskjaer was full of praise for the Spaniard, telling MUTV: “You know he’s a top keeper, everyone loves having him behind them.

“He’s come back focused, really determined, with a desire to show who he is. It’s his 11th season and we’ve never stopped believing in him, and it’s important that he also knows that.

“He came in pre-season and said: ‘I know I’m supposed to be rested but I want to come back early’ and that just shows his determination.”

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