‘Unlucky’ Mourinho stops short of ‘bias theory’

Date published: Monday 1st January 2018 10:05

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he feels “unlucky” but stops just short of claiming referees are biased against his side.

Mourinho is convinced that United should have had penalties against Manchester City, Leicester City and Southampton, with draws against the latter pair contributing to a disastrous Christmas period.

“I feel unlucky,” said Mourinho after United were not given a penalty on Saturday despite Maya Yoshida’s handball. “But unlucky in football you have to change, which is what we try to do.

“When I speak about three big decisions, penalties in matches where a penalty, and a possible goal, makes a huge difference, I want to say unlucky because it is what I feel.

¬†“I could be here now with a bias theory, which I’m not going [to do] at all, because honestly I’m happy with the referees’ performances in these matches, and [they] were just unlucky decisions.

“You have to be biased against us to say the penalty against City, against Leicester and against Southampton were not penalties.”

Mourinho is now claiming that embarrassing Carabao Cup exit to Bristol City is a positive, saying:

“The fact that we don’t play Carabao Cup semi-finals I think is a good thing for us because we have no players to play these possible two extra matches in January.

“Now we have to cope with Everton and Derby, after that we have an open space of nine to 10 days before Stoke and hopefully in this period we can rest, we can work, we can recover some players to attack the second part of the season.”

United are missing Romelu Lukaku and Zlatan Ibrahimovic for Monday’s clash with Everton as well as Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini and the banned Ashley Young.

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