EPL- Jose Mourinho unhappy with officiating in Spurs 1-1 draw against Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has expressed concern about officiating in Spurs’ 1-1 draw against Manchester United in Friday night football.

Spurs were seemly running away with all three points thanks to Steven Bergwijn first half strike that gave Tottenham a 1-0 lead for most minutes of the game.

But Eric Dier brought down second half substitute Paul Pogba for a penalty before Bruno Fernandes converted on 81’ minute to secure a point for Manchester United at the Tottenham Stadium.

After the game, Mourinho said he is upset and unhappy about the penalties awarded to United and bemoaned the VAR for its indecision though the technology overturned United’s second penalty.

“I’m not happy with the penalty and I’m also not happy with the second penalty. I’m unhappy with the VAR. The referee can make a mistake and give a cheap penalty. But then the VAR is there to do a job,” Mourinho told Sky Sports after the game.

“In the second penalty, l am unhappy with Moss because he didn’t give the free-kick on Serge [in the build-up to the penalty award]. Then he gave a cheap penalty, a non-penalty, and in this case, the VAR gave the truth.”

Since the start of last season, Manchester United have been awarded 23 penalties in the Premier League – nine more than any other team.

Mourinho did not hide his frustrations on the record held by the Red Devils in the Premier League and he said, “We know that Manchester United have an incredible record this season of penalties given, so we knew that everything in the box was very dangerous for us.

“We had to be very, very cautious, every shot to block, we knew and were prepared to do it with hands behind the body, we knew it could happen.”

“The second penalty is incredible for me. It’s a situation in the box where I feel when the VAR goes for a simulation, the player should immediately be exposed and get a yellow card, but that didn’t happen.”

“So I feel really upset with these two decisions, but that’s the way it is.”

Spurs will welcome West Ham United home on Tuesday evening before they travel to Sheffield United on Thursday.


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