Monday 23 April 2018

Mourinho accuses Arsenal players of helping to get Pogba sent off

Manchester United's Paul Pogba with manager Jose Mourinho REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Manchester United's Paul Pogba with manager Jose Mourinho REUTERS/Eddie Keogh
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho accused Arsenal’s star names of helping to get Paul Pogba sent off in a thrilling game at Emirates Stadium.

United’s 3-1 win against the Gunners came at a cost as Pogba was sent off for what TV replays suggested was a nasty challenge on Hector Bellerin, but Mourinho appeared to be fuming with Arsene Wenger’s players after the game.

“The grass is absolutely beautiful here I think there is a desire to go onto the grass was too much for them at times,” said the United boss.

“Pogba is frustrated. He is also disappointed by the reaction of his international team mate Laurent Koscielny (after the challenge on Bellerin). I have not seen the replay yet, but maybe they like the grass too much. Everyone knows Paul is a clean player and it is not his intention at all to get close to a red card.”

Mourinho also suggested he was not impressed with Wenger’s pre-match claims that his striker Alexandre Lacazette was out of the game with an injury, with the Frenchman playing a full game and scoring his side’s only goal.

“I give credit to the medical department at both clubs because we get Nemanja Matic from a maybe to a yes,” he stated. “Then Arsenal’s medical department managed to recover a player from a no to a complete 90 minutes. This was amazing.”

A surprisingly downbeat Mourinho did offer lavish player for his players after a vital away win, as he ended his own miserable winless run in away matches against Premier League rivals.

“I loved the way my team played and fought,” he added. “Arsenal played in some period amazing attacking football - creating difficulties for us. But I have to say that my players deserve all the great words. I don’t know so many in English but amazing, phenomenal, fantastic. They deserved three points.

“The plan was when they had the ball we all had to defend, starting with attacking players and when we had the ball we had to counter attack fast and try to score goals which we did. They had chances but we fought and we have a great goalkeeper too.”

Mourinho and Wenger have rarely been in agreement during their bitter and enduring rivalry, but they were quick to hail goalkeeper David De Gea after his performance in United’s 3-1 win at Emirates Stadium.

De Gea produced another sensational display to keep out a succession of Arsenal efforts, with Mourinho quick to acclaim his Spanish after his latest wondershow.

“I told him after the match, what I saw today was the best from a goalkeeper in the world,” stated Mourinho.

“You need the keeper to be there for you when the team needs. Was it the best performance I have seen from a keeper? I don’t know, but it was a fantastic performance from De Gea.”

Arsenal boss Wenger suggested the primary reason why his side ended up losing a game in which they created so many chances was the United keeper, as he offered up this tribute to the Spaniard.

“It was a mystery not to score more, but David de Gea was man of the match by a clear mile,” said Wenger. “He produced an exceptional performance and is clearly a big reason for this result.

"We played well but there is nothing more frustrating when you have that quality of performance and nothing to show for it at the end. The attitude was impeccable until the end. But you cannot make the mistakes we made at the beginning."

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