Manchester United managed to sneak in a slender 1-0 victory against Southampton on Saturday.
Romelu Lukaku continued his brilliant form by finding the net in the first half, which was one of the only bright moments for the English giants in a match where Southampton kept pressing against the traveling side, but were repeatedly frustrated by United’s defensive discipline.
However, the victory didn’t end entirely well, with quite literally the last minute of the match hosting a controversy.
In the 94th minute of the match, just as the Saints were about to try and knock in a corner in a last-ditch effort, referee Craig Pawson paused the play and hurried towards the technical area, where he swiftly sent Jose Mourinho to the stands.
Dismissals are no new thing for the experienced manager, who often tends to get very animated at the edge of the pitch, and has been sent off and even banned from games on multiple occasions during his illustrious career.
However, on Saturday, the sending off was due to the fact that the Portuguese boss kept encroaching onto the pitch in an attempt to usher his players into position. These antics weren’t taken lightly by the referee, who quickly sent him off.
One cannot really blame Mourinho, as Southampton had really begun to pressurize the Red Devils’ defense, which by the end of the ninety minutes was six defenders strong, what with Daley Blind and Chris Smalling being subbed on.
Many fans believe that perhaps the move was yet another strategic decision by the manager as a time-wasting tactic. While Mourinho undoubtedly is a tactical mastermind, it seems far-fetched to assume that he’d court controversy just to see the last few seconds through, and yet due to his personality, one can never know.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.