Jose Mourinho aimed a dig at Bruno Fernandes over Manchester United’s late penalty claim in their 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Friday evening.
Steven Bergwijn opened the scoring for Spurs in the first half with an excellent solo effort. But United were level in the 81st minute through Fernandes’ penalty after Eric Dier brought down Paul Pogba.
United then had a late penalty shout overturned by VAR. Referee Jon Moss initially awarded a spot-kick for an apparent foul on Fernandes, but a check by the video assistant overruled the decision.
And Mourinho aimed a dig at the United midfielder by suggesting he is used to trying to win penalties during his time at Sporting in the Portuguese top flight.
When it was suggested that Fernandes ran into Dier for United’s second penalty claim, Mourinho replied: ‘Fernandes comes from a country that I know well.’
In his post-match press conference, Mourinho also suggested that Fernandes should’ve been booked for diving.
‘The second one was incredible for me,’ said the Spurs manager.
‘If VAR goes for simulation, the players could be exposed and given a yellow card.
‘I feel really upset with these two decisions.’
Mourinho also praised Dier for ensuring that Anthony Martial was kept quiet throughout the match.
‘I think Eric was perfect,’ said the former United boss.
‘I think he had a very strong performance and he was imposing his leadership, physicality, he won absolutely every ball in the air, and won absolutely every duel.
‘It was a difficult match for Martial, and we know martial is a very good player.
‘I think Davinson for the 90 minutes made one technical mistake, not tactical mistake, that handed them the only chance they had in the first half with Rashford’s shot.
‘I’m really happy with them, but I have to say really happy with Toby and Jan.
‘So in this moment we have four central defenders and no problems.’
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