United vic­tims of dou­ble stan­dards, says Mour­inho

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Jose Mour­inho claimed he is be­ing judged un­fairly by crit­ics af­ter Manch­ester United con­ceded a late Leighton Baines penalty in a dam­ag­ing 1-1 draw at Ever­ton.

Mour­inho’s team have won just twice in the league since the end of Au­gust, a run which has fea­tured nu­mer­ous draws and has de­railed United’s hopes of win­ning a ti­tle in their man­ager’s de­but sea­son at Old Traf­ford.

How­ever, Mour­inho, who earned a rep­u­ta­tion for not al­ways win­ning in the most at­trac­tive style when in charge of Chelsea, in­sists his side is play­ing well and that he is be­ing held to a dou­ble stan­dard. “You have to make a de­ci­sion be­cause when my teams are play­ing prag­matic foot­ball and win­ning matches and win­ning ti­tles, you say it is not right and nice,” Mour­inho said. “When my teams play very, very well, there is a huge change in re­la­tion to the past two or three years. Now you say what mat­ters is to get re­sult, no mat­ter what.

“At the mo­ment teams are get­ting re­sults, de­fend­ing with 11 play­ers, keep­ing the ball and play­ing on the counter-at­tack. You have to make a de­ci­sion.” The last comment may have been a thinly-dis­guised ref­er­ence to Chelsea and their cur­rent style of play.

But, in any case, United had only them­selves to blame for their lat­est dis­ap­point­ment as late sub­sti­tute Marouane Fel­laini tripped Idrissa Gu­eye and Baines struck the equal­is­ing penalty.

Mour­inho, whose side are 13 points be­hind lead­ers Chelsea, did not take kindly to questions about his de­ci­sion to bring on the Bel­gian and said: “I thought you would know more about foot­ball than you do. “It is ob­vi­ous. Ever­ton is not a pass­ing team. They play di­rect. Ev­ery­thing is di­rect. “When a team is los­ing it plays di­rect, when you have a player on the bench with two me­tres (height) you play that player in front of the de­fen­sive line to win the match.”

Baines’s penalty can­celled out the open­ing goal from Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic and a strong spell from United who also saw An­der Her­rera hit a post. “It was an­other game with a very good per­for­mance in a very dif­fi­cult place to play,” said Mour­inho. “A very emo­tional sta­dium against a team with very good play­ers.

“We are play­ing very well at home, be­ing su­per dom­i­nant. We are play­ing very well away con­trol­ling matches and per­form­ing re­ally well with some amaz­ing per­for­mance but not get­ting the re­sults we de­serve.” United defender Phil Jones, who con­tin­ued his im­pres­sive re­cent form af­ter re­turn­ing from in­jury prob­lems, ar­tic­u­lated the frus­tra­tion in the vis­i­tors’ camp. “It’s hap­pened too many times, we’ve dropped too many points,” said Jones. “That’s four or five games I can think of where we have com­pletely dom­i­nated and didn’t win. It’s hap­pened again.” United might have had greater prob­lems had defender Mar­cos Rojo been dis­missed in the first half, in­stead of earn­ing a yel­low card, for a hor­rific lunge at Gu­eye, al­though Ever­ton man­ager Ronald Koe­man re­fused to crit­i­cise the Ar­gen­tinian.

“It’s dif­fi­cult,” said Koe­man who made three ex­cel­lent sub­sti­tu­tions to rescue the point.

“Maybe if the ref­eree could watch it back, maybe it would be a red card. We al­ways have dis­cus­sions about red or yel­low, if it’s a penalty, but fi­nally it’s a fair re­sult. Both teams didn’t de­serve to lose. “We can fight back, we showed that to­day. It was dis­ap­point­ing to go 1-0 down but we didn’t de­serve to lose the match.

“We showed that com­mit­ment and qual­i­ties and the three subs had a big im­pact on the game. We de­served it be­cause we were dan­ger­ous in the sec­ond half.” —AFP

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