Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands for the second time this season, and risks being hit with another touchline ban for the next game. The 53 year old manager was angry with Jon Moss after the referee booked Paul Pogba for simulation. He reacted angrily to the decision by kicking a water bottle and was subsequently dismissed for inappropriate conduct.
Arsenal legend, Ian Wright believes the FA have been unfair in their treatment of the manager, as they should be concerned with bigger things than a manager venting his frustration on an inanimate object. The former England international believes the FA are targeting the former Chelsea handler, and it is not good for the game.
Speaking to The Sun, Wright said,
“If he gave Jon Moss a torrent of abuse, manhandled him or whatever, then same again.
“But he didn’t. He kicked a water bottle for God’s sake, in sheer frustration at what he felt was a wrong decision.”
“But that’s the point. While the official was correct and Paul Pogba DID dive, there have been countless massively wrong calls this season.
“And that’s what the officials and the FA should be concentrating on, that’s where they should be clamping down, that’s where the focus should lie.” he added.
Diafra Sakho had put the Hammers ahead with just 2 minutes on the clock in the game at Old Trafford on Sunday. Zlatan Ibrahimovic then equalized before the half hour mark, as the game ended 1-1, a fifth draw for the Red Devils in their last seven topflight matches, which has left them in sixth place, a precarious position for a team that spent over £140m on new players over the summer.
The 20-time English champions have struggled all season, and are currently on their worst start to a topflight season in 27 years after picking up 20 points from a possible 39 available.
They play next against West Ham on Wednesday in the EFL Cup ( 19:45 GMT).