Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says that Paul Pogba was “frustrated and a bit disappointed” with the role his French teammate Laurent Koscielny played in his sending-off against Arsenal.
A pulsating game ended 3-1 (read 16 Conclusions here) but United ended the game with ten men thanks to Pogba.
Referee Andre Marriner had no choice but to send off Pogba after he stood on the leg of Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, even though some would have you believe otherwise.
Andre Marriner presumably couldn't see that Pogba clearly took a ball that was there for him to play before making contact with a Hector Bellerin who'd put himself out of position. Red card removes Manchester United's best player from the Manchester derby. #ARSMUN
— Duncan Castles (@DuncanCastles) December 2, 2017
Mourinho claimed not to have clearly seen the incident but he revealed that Pogba was upset by the actions of Koscielny, who appealed to referee Andre Marriner to send off his fellow Frenchman.
“I didn’t see the red card [incident],” Mourinho said. “I was not even looking in that direction. No television yet for me.
“I just know that Paul is frustrated and a bit disappointed with this colleague, Koscielny, with this kind of reaction. He is very frustrated because everybody knows that Paul is a clean player and it was not his intention, not at all, to be close to a red card.”
Mourinho also took the time to accuse Arsenal players of diving after they appealed for two penalties.
“I know the pitch is amazing and maybe that breeds a desire to go to the floor – if it was hard, no; if it was mud, no – but the pitch is absolutely beautiful,” Mourinho said. “I think they were a bit too much.”