Jose Mourinho blasts Mark Clattenburg over two penalty decisions in derby defeat as Manchester United lose 2-1 to City

JOSE MOURINHO launched an amazing attack on celebrity ref Mark Clattenburg after he failed to award Manchester United two penalties.
The furious Old Trafford chief also claimed Manchester City keeper Claudio Bravo should have been sent off after he clattered into Wayne Rooney in front of the Stretford End.

Jose Mourinho believes Man Utd should have been awarded two penalties
Jose Mourinho believes Man Utd should have been awarded two penalties
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Claudio Bravo had a torrid time in goal at Old Trafford
Claudio Bravo had a torrid time in goal at Old Trafford
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City defender Nicolas Otamendi also escaped punishment when he threw out his left elbow to stop Antonio Valencia’s cross making its way into the six-yard box.
And angry Mourinho said: “You know the rules of the game but you want it in my words.
“It has more credibility if the words come from other people as I am the manager who lost the game.

Nicolas Otamendi was lucky not to concede a penalty for handball
Nicolas Otamendi was lucky not to concede a penalty for handball
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Mourinho could not get the better of old foe Pep Guardiola
Mourinho could not get the better of old foe Pep Guardiola
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“It is obvious why it was a penalty and a red card for Bravo. Outside the box it would be a direct free-kick.

“But inside the box, sometimes referees think twice before big decisions. They are humans. But it was a mistake, Mark made a big mistake.

“It is a penalty and a red card with possibility of 2-2 with a long time to go. Then we would speak about a different story. The second one with Otamendi is a penalty.

“You can tell me he has no intention. Although his arm is behind the body, he knows as he is looking at the ball.

“He knows the cross is not going in his face but in his back. So even the best cannot have the best day.”

When the dust had settled, Mourinho had still lost his first Manchester derby.

And defeat hurts. Defeat to Pep Guardiola hurts like nothing else.

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Mourinho was highly critical of referee Mark Clattenburg[/caption]

Mourinho said: “In the first half they were much better than us.

“We started the game badly and with some players below their normal level in terms of mental ability to play a game at this speed.

“As you need to be sharp in the way you think, the team paid for it.

“In the first half they were in control. We scored and it was outside the context of the game in the first half.

“The second was better. We were in control, were much more dangerous and had chances to equalise.

“It was a different story. I had two or three players in the first half and sometimes players disappoint managers. They didn’t give me what I want and therefore it’s my fault as I’m the manager and it’s my choice.

“I take the positives about the spirit of the group and the mentality we played in taking enormous risks against a team waiting to counter-attack.”

United were 2-0 down inside 36 minutes after Kevin De Bruyne and Kelechi Iheanacho put City in charge.

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Mourinho accused his side of being chokers[/caption]

Zlatan Ibrahimovic then pulled a goal back for United before Mourinho made two substitutions at the break.

Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera came on for the dreadful Jesse Lingard and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

But City survived an aerial bombardment to secure their fourth successive victory in the Premier League.

Boss Pep Guardiola said: “We are happy. I think the spectators enjoyed it because it was open until the end.

“Kevin played an amazing game. It is a big compliment because the performance was at Old Trafford.

“We have good midfield players, like Fernando and Fernandinho, but this was special. In the first half we were better, in the second half it was difficult. We had counter-attacks and we didn’t finish.

“We were not brilliant in that moment in the last part of the pitch. But we go to one of the best stadiums in the world and win the game.

“These guys have a heart. In the first half, we won a lot of duels against a team physically stronger.

“In the second half, the long balls, you just pray because it’s almost impossible to control that.”

Guardiola is still demanding more of his City players as they prepare for the opening Champions League group game with Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday night.

And despite their impressive 100 per cent start to the season, the City manager claims they are not ready to compete with Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich at the highest level.

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Pep Guardiola says he wants more from his team
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He added: “We need more for Europe. If we want to compete with the best, the way we are at the moment, then we are not able to compete.

“But we have only been here for two months. We have time.”

Guardiola also defended his new keeper Claudio Bravo after he failed to collect Wayne Rooney’s cross in the build up to United’s goal.

Incredibly, Guardiola, who sent Joe Hart on loan to Torino for the season, claims it was one of the best goalkeeping debuts he has ever seen.

He said: “What Claudio did it was one of the best performances I’ve ever seen. I like goalkeepers to play so that they are ready for the long balls.

Claudio Bravo made a huge error as he failed to catch a high ball
Claudio Bravo looked shaky on his Manchester City debut
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“After that he continued playing. It’s about how you react to a mistake. And the personality means a lot to me. He was unlucky with the situation and collided with John Stones.

“Until my last day in England I will try to play with the ball as much as possible. It’s impossible for 90 minutes but I’m sorry, I will not negotiate that.”

Guardiola also claimed he took no satisfaction from beating Mourinho in his first Manchester derby.

The City chief, who clashed with Mourinho when he was managing Inter Milan and Real Madrid, claimed the pair are now “adults”.

He said: “I want to win, I beat him, he beats me sometimes. He will beat me in the future.

“We are adults, we don’t always agree but it is part of the game.”


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