Jose Mourinho has remarkably defended Marouane Fellaini’s red card card when most couldn’t fathom to do so.
The Manchester United boss is known to have the most oblique of reactions to scenarios – and he just had one more.
Mourinho’s side struggled to earn a goalless draw in the uneventful Manchester Derby, where a late red card for Fellaini was the most talked about event. The Belgian underwent 19 seconds of total madness to get his marching orders by the referee Martin Atkinson.
He first fouled Sergio Aguero to earn himself a yellow card in the 83rd minute, and just 19 seconds after the incident, Fellaini again barged into the Argentine from behind. The drama didn’t stop there, as the hot-headed Manchester United player headbutted a complaining Aguero right in front of the referee.
Martin Atkinson was not left with much of a choice but to take the red card out of his pocket.
The derby finished as a draw, as United did just enough to hold off the misfiring Manchester City. The result leaves the two clubs in the same position as they were – Manchester City in 4th spot, while United in 5th in the Premier League table.
After the full-time whistle, when most of the pundits were slamming Fellaini for his stupidity, the Belgian found some much needed support in his coach’s remarks.
Mourinho hinted at referee’s prejudice in his post-match interview, by stating: “I didn’t watch the incident on TV but I spoke with Fellaini. He thinks it was a red card because he is Fellaini. I spoke to the referee and he thinks it was a red card.”
Jose Mourinho then launched an attack on Aguero for playing a part in the red card, by adding: “I can guess it’s a bit of a red card and a bit of a very smart, very experienced Argentinian player. I saw Aguero in the tunnel and no broken nose, no broken head, his face is nice as always.”
Do you think Mourinho has a case to defend Fellaini here? Or is he just playing his usual mind games? Tell us.
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