Jose Mourinho says Paul Pogba could have been sent off for a stray elbow in Tottenham’s ‘unfortunate’ devastating defeat to Manchester United – and takes a plunge into the VAR by admitting it ‘scared’ him to celebrate
Jose Mourinho believes Paul Pogba was lucky enough to escape a red card in Tottenham’s defeat to Manchester United – and once again wreck the VAR.
The hope of the home team in the Champions League was not in the north of London. United turned in the second half, spurred on by a disallowed goal.
But when questioned about the reasoning behind Scott McTominay’s punishment, Mourinho turned his attention to the fact that Pogba could not be punished.
Paul Pogba got tangled up with Serge Aurier (left) in the early stages in London, but was not punished
Jose Mourinho says Pogba could have been sent off for the elbow in Spurs’ loss to Man United
“My opinion, it was a good game, my opinion, we did not deserve this result at all, but we lost to a very good team,” said Mourinho.
“We were unlucky because maybe Paul Pogba got a red card from an elbow on Serge Aurier.
“So if we’re going to talk about VAR, maybe we should go deeper.”
United saw a controversial goal disallowed in the first half following a foul by Scott McTominay
Edinson Cavani finished on a pass from Pogba, but was left shocked when the goal was disallowed
Pogba caught Tottenham defender Aurier in the early stages of the fiery clash with a stray elbow, but no action was taken against the United man.
Frustration quickly shifted to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, after Edinson Cavani’s neat finish was controversially brushed away.
Son Heung-min fell to the ground and grabbed his face after being caught by a hand from McTominay and referee Chris Kavanagh was advised to check his monitor.
After watching several replays of the incident, Cavani’s goal was disallowed.
Mourinho insisted he ‘doesn’t remember’ after being questioned about the decision
The latest series of divisive technology decisions even left Mourinho confused after the game.
He told Sky Sports: ‘I don’t know anything anymore, in football you don’t know anything anymore.
‘It is very difficult to analyze, even as a coach, I often don’t know.
Cavani was late on goal with a header to United and put the misery on Spurs
‘It’s hard, you don’t celebrate a goal because you’re scared.
‘Sometimes you don’t see the lines they put on the field in this game, but then you don’t really know whether it is onside or offside.
“It’s difficult, but talking about that after a defeat, I don’t really feel comfortable.”
Mason Greenwood broke away deep in injury time to round out the result with a third
Son added worse to his injury after being thrown home by the far post to send the hosts forward in the nick of time.
But Fred, Cavani and Mason Greenwood all found targets in a tremendous turnaround as United tightened their grip on second place.
Tottenham is now six points behind the top four and the pressure on Mourinho continues to increase.