Mourinho aims swipe at Man Utd after Fernandes’ penalty against Aston Villa


Jose Mourinho has aimed a dig at Manchester United and the ‘help’ they get winning penalties after his Spurs side were denied a penalty in their goalless draw with Bournemouth on Thursday.

The Portuguese said he could not blame his players after Tottenham were frustrated by VAR for the second time in a week in the Premier League.

Kane was denied a penalty after Joshua King shoved him to the ground inside the box but thier calls for a penalty were shrugged off.

Asked about Tottenham’s poor attack compared to Manchester United’s, Mourinho saidd: ‘United’s 13 penalties is a help. It’s a help!’

United equalled the all-time record for penalties awarded in a Premier League campaign as they were given their 13th spot-kick of the season against Villa.

Asked how Fernandes was awarded a penalty after Harry Kane’s calls were rejected, Mourinho responded: ‘Ask the referees, not me.

‘I don’t know who the referee was – oh, it was Jonathan Moss. But I don’t know who the VAR was at Villa.

‘In our match it was Paul [Tierney], the referee on the pitch, and the referee boss was Michael Oliver. I think you should have access to them. I know the rules don’t allow it. I think you should have access to them, and to ask directly why.’

‘They are very important. A game is players, managers, referees so I think so,’ he added. ‘It would make things much more open, much more clear.

‘It would give the referee the chance to say, “Yes I made a mistake, yes I feel sorry for that, yes I had an incredible performance, yes I feel that I was perfect”.

‘I think they are very, very important in the game, as important as players.’


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