WATCH: Mourinho fumes after Herrera sees red

2017-03-14 07:12
Jose Mourinho (Getty Images)

London - Jose Mourinho admitted Michael Oliver's decision to send off Ander Herrera had ruined Manchester United's chances of beating Chelsea in Monday's explosive FA Cup quarter-final.

Mourinho's side were beaten 1-0 at Stamford Bridge after United midfielder Herrera was dismissed in the first half for two fouls on Chelsea star Eden Hazard.

Herrera's second challenge on Hazard made only the slightest contact and, while Mourinho stopped short of openly criticising Oliver, he did his best to make clear his frustration at the decision.

"Everybody can analyse from different perspectives but we all watch the match until the red card and after the red card," he said.

"So we can compare the decisions of the two yellow cards, in this case with others which were not given.

"I don't want to go in that direction. Michael Oliver is a referee with fantastic potential but in four matches he has given three penalties and a red card (against United).

"I cannot change that. I shook his hand and said many congratulations."

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte was furious with United's rough treatment of Hazard, who was subjected to several tough tackles in the first half and was stamped on by Marcos Rojo in the second half.

Conte had to be pulled away from Mourinho on the touchline at one stage and he had no doubts Oliver was right to send off Herrera.

"I think Hazard started the game and couldn't play. All the people look at this and then judge," he said.

"It was a good performance against a strong team with good players. United has the best squad in the league.

"For us we must be pleased to go into the next round."

Chelsea defender Gary Cahill accused United of targeting Hazard, saying: "We complained as we thought they were going in on Eden.

"The red card turned it in our favour. There were fouls leading up to that so it was possibly silly (for Herrera) to go in like that."

Read more on:    manchester united  |  fa cup  |  jose mourinho  |  soccer


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

After Stuart Baxter stepped down as Bafana Bafana head coach, who would you like to see take over?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.