Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s Touching Gesture Of Approaching Hudson-Odoi
Blues manager Maurizio Sarri snubbed the 18-year-old English forward in the second half, leaving many fans to raise their eyebrows after he subbed on Davide Zappacosta for César Azpilicueta.
Once the full-time whistle was blown, the United caretaker manager shook hands with the former Napoli boss.
Footage from the match showed Hudson-Odoi eyeing up Solskjær as soon as he shook Sarri’s hand.
Thankfully for the Chelsea player, the 45-year-old Norwegian walked over to him and warmly embraced him.
Hudson-Odoi’s future at Stamford Bridge has remained uncertain after Bayern Munich tried to sign him in the January transfer window.
The England under-19 international has struggled to secure regular playing time under Sarri since the window shut, with him playing only 19 minutes of football so far.
Hudson-Odoi also became one of the main talking points on social media after a clip showed him eyeballing Sarri’s decision to bring on Zappacosta.
In fact, Martin Keown was on commentary for the match and was baffled by the Chelsea boss’ tactics.
“He’s [Hudson-Odoi] probably wondering isn’t he,” he said.
“I mean, they’re two goals down and he’s put a defender on.
“Is it a political move from the manager? Because it’s a stupid one if it is.”
Solskjær’s men bounced back from their first-leg Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain last week with an impressive 2-0 win over Chelsea.
Ander Herrera opened the scoring for United thanks to a brilliant assist from Paul Pogba. The 25-year-old World Cup-winning Frenchman followed it up by scoring his side’s second and sealing Chelsea‘s fate in the competition.
It was a night to forget for Sarri, especially after the Chelsea fans turned on him and made their voices perfectly clear on his ‘Sarriball’ philosophy.
“We played confused football in the second half, but in the first half we played well,” Sarri said (via BBC Sport).
“I’m worried about the result, but not about the fans’ reaction because I understand the situation. I can understand our fans because the result wasn’t really good and we are out of the FA Cup.
“I was really worried when I was in League Two in Italy, not now.”
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