Manchester United Football Club will certainly have felt hard done by, following the Chelsea loss at Stamford Bridge yesterday. Jose Mourinho’s men were playing very well until Ander Herrera’s red card – following a supposed foul on Eden Hazard.
The Spanish midfielder had already been booked after the aforementioned Hazard ran into him before theatrically going down, then shortly after, the Manchester United man was sent off.
In my opinion, Herrera shouldn’t have dove in so soon after the Red Devils had received a warning from the referee, and at that point, Oliver was given no choice.
Now, Jose Mourinho had his say on the situation after the game, and it’s fair to say he isn’t best pleased with the decision from the man in the middle.
“Everybody can analyse in different perspectives, everyone can do it in a different way, but I think we all watched the match until the red card.” Jose Mourinho told ManUtd.com.
“After the red card, then we can compare the decisions of these two yellow cards, in this case, the second yellow card with ones that were not given. But I don’t want to go in that direction.”
“This season Mr Michael Oliver is a referee with fantastic potential, but with Manchester United we were a bit unlucky. In four matches, [we have had] three penalties and one red card in such an early moment of the game. But again I cannot change that, but I can try to interfere in the Thursday match [against Rostov] which is the match that is coming and now we have to rest.”
This is definitely very diplomatic from the self-proclaimed Special One, and it’s clear he is being careful in order not to avoid any punishment from the FA. However, he is right. There were so many worse fouls from other players during the match that went unpunished, but both of Herrera’s cards seemed very soft.
Alright, we do have the benefit of replays, which the referee obviously doesn’t have. However, they are paid to do a job and although they are only human, it feels like they are stealing the limelight away from the players this season.
For Manchester United, it’s a case of onto the next one. We have to think about FC Rostov in the Europa League on Thursday, and now that is a tournament we have to go all out for the win in.