Jose Mourinho critical of Arsenal over penalty shouts and reaction to Paul Pogba's red-card challenge
Jose Mourinho described his Manchester United team as “amazing, phenomenal, fantastic” as they won a classic Premier League encounter with Arsenal, but Paul Pogba was said to be angry with Laurent Koscielny for the red card that rules the midfielder out the Manchester derby on Sunday.
In a full-blooded contest which Arsenal dominated but United won after two early goals set them on their way to a 3-1 win, the key man for United was David de Gea who made a Premier-League-record-equalling 14 saves. Pogba was sent off for crunching his studs into Hector Bellerin’s thigh and Mourinho said the £89 million man was aggrieved that Koscielny made so much of the challenge.
“I just know that Paul is frustrated,” Mourinho said. “A bit disappointed with this colleague, Koscielny, with this kind of reaction but he is very frustrated because everybody knows that Paul is a clean player and it was not his intention at all to be close to a red card.”
Mourinho said of De Gea “that what I saw today was the best goalkeeper in the world”. He also suggested that Danny Welbeck and Alexandre Lacazette, Arsenal’s goalscorer, had gone down too easily for penalties at the end of the game. Mourinho said: “I know the pitch is amazing and maybe breeds a desire to go to the floor – if it was hard, no; if it was mud, no – the pitch is absolutely beautiful but I think they were a bit too much.”
He sarcastically offered “congratulations” to the Arsenal medical department for getting Lacazette fit just days after Arsene Wenger had ruled the player out with illness. Wenger criticised Andre Marriner for not giving either penalty. “Last night I watched Napoli v Juventus on TV and we watched a top-class referee. If you want to analyse well, watch the difference between them and us and then you will see.”
Jesse Lingard scored twice and Antonio Valencia got the first after four minutes. Wenger said: “You have to dictate from the start and show strength in duels from the back. I felt that at the back our concentration was not sharp enough from the start and not dominant enough. We have produced an excellent performance but have conceded three goals and had at least 10 chances and were not efficient enough in the box, that is the reality.”