Jose Mourinho angry at VAR and referee over two controversial penalties in Man Utd draw

Manchester United earned a point against Tottenham after Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot late in the second half.


Posted Saturday, June 20, 2020 by Express.co.uk

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho was left unhappy on both occasions referee Jon Moss pointed to the spot to award Manchester United penalties, despite the second one being overturned by VAR as his side played out a 1-1 draw. Steven Bergwijn had given Tottenham a 1-0 lead going in at half-time after a stunning solo effort.

United came out the better of the two sides at half-time though as they tried to find a way past Tottenham's rigid defence.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made some changes on the hour mark as he brought on Paul Pogba for Fred.

And the midfielder was instantly involved as he sprayed passes to United's forward to create more danger in and around the penalty box.

Pogba eventually found the breakthrough having been adjudged to have been brought down by Eric Dier in the box, with Moss giving the penalty.

VAR saw no reason to overturn the decision as Bruno Fernandes stepped up to equalise for United.

Jose Mourinho angry at VAR and referee over two controversial penalties in Man Utd draw
Jose Mourinho was left frustrated at two key decisions

The Red Devils thought they had a second penalty late on when Moss once again pointed to the spot after it appeared as though Dier had tripped Fernandes.

Replays clearly showed that the England international had pulled his leg away before Fernandes hit the floor and that decision was overturned.

Neither side was able to find a breakthrough in the final stages as the game ended 1-1.

Mourinho didn't look overly frustrated at missing out on two valuable points in their fight to climb up the table.

But the Tottenham boss was not happy that Dier's adjudged foul on Pogba was not overturned by VAR.

"I'm unhappy with the VAR, not the referee because the referee in the game can make a mistake, can give a cheap penalty," he told Sky Sports.

"But then the VAR is there to do the job so I'm not unhappy with Moss, I'm unhappy with the VAR.

"In the second penalty, I'm unhappy with Moss because he didn't give the free-kick on Serge Aurier.

"He let it go and then again he gave a cheap penalty, a non-penalty, and in this case the VAR gave the truth in what happened in the box."

Mourinho was without Dele Alli and Lucas Moura, leaving him short of attacking options on the bench against United.

Jose Mourinho angry at VAR and referee over two controversial penalties in Man Utd draw
VAR overturned the second penalty

And the Spurs boss felt the lack of options on the bench meant his side were unable to punish United more on the counter in the latter stages of the match.

"I liked the team attitude, the team organisation, the control, following the plan, being very solid, giving to United what they don't like and I'm happy with that," he added.

"I'm unhappy with the fact that the way I was reading the game, I had no bench to react to it.

"With Lucas and Dele, they would be on the bench or they would be playing.

"Then I would have on the bench some of our attacking players because when they became more dominant because we were quite tired up front.

"By being tired, we couldn't press. It was easier for them to build and at the same time we couldn't be dangerous on the counter-attack because we had no legs for that.

"It was hard to manage the game in that sense."



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