Mour­inho’s right-hand man fumes after Her­rera sees red

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MANCH­ESTER UNITED as­sis­tant man­ager Rui Faria sug­gested sar­cas­ti­cally that ref­eree Mark Clat­ten­burg did “fan­tas­tic work” by send­ing off An­der Her­rera dur­ing their 0-0 draw with Burn­ley.

United mid­fielder Her­rera was dis­missed for two book­able of­fences, the sec­ond of which came mid­way through the sec­ond half for a foul on Dean Marney.

The Spa­niard ap­peared to slip as he made the chal­lenge, but Clat­ten­burg ruled it wor­thy of a book­ing and is­sued a red card.

Her­rera wasn’t the only one to see red at Old Traf­ford as Faria con­ducted post-match me­dia du­ties, with man­ager Jose Mour­inho ab­sent after be­ing sent to the stand for re­port­edly protest­ing too strongly at half­time fol­low­ing a re­jected penalty ap­peal.

Mour­inho was be­lieved to be an­gry that Clat­ten­burg had re­fused to pe­nalise Burn­ley full­back Jon Flana­gan, who es­caped pun­ish­ment after ap­pear­ing to catch Mat­teo Darmian’s trail­ing leg on the edge of the penalty area just be­fore half­time.

Asked about the send­ing off in­ci­dent, Faria said: “I just want to say it was fan­tas­tic work from the ref­eree.”

Faria re­fused to con­firm why Mour­inho had been sent to the stand, say­ing: “I don’t know and I don’t think it is re­ally im­por­tant.

“I think what is im­por­tant is what the ref­eree will write in his re­port. I can’t give you more de­tails.”

De­spite his dis­missal, Mour­inho was able to com­mu­ni­cate with Faria via writ­ten mes­sages passed down by an­other mem­ber of his coach­ing staff, but his notes weren’t enough to stop United’s win­less run in the league ex­tend­ing to a fourth match.

“Nor­mally we de­fine sit­u­a­tions ac­cord­ing to the dif­fi­cul­ties of the game. Some­times a de­tail is im­por­tant,” Faria said.

“The team did a fan­tas­tic work from the first sec­ond of the match. We were dom­i­nant with 11 men, and we were dom­i­nant with 10.

“We fought from the first minute. We showed fan­tas­tic men­tal­ity es­pe­cially after a game in the mid­dle of the week.

“With this men­tal­ity and ap­proach, I think we need to wait for bet­ter days ahead. I be­lieve bet­ter days will come.”

Burn­ley se­cured their first away point of the sea­son largely thanks to a su­perb goal­keep­ing per­for­mance from Tom Heaton.

The for­mer Manch­ester United youth keeper made a se­ries of magnificent saves, deny­ing Jesse Lin­gard, Paul Pogba and Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic among oth­ers.

Burn­ley man­ager Sean Dy­che saluted Heaton’s dis­play and: “I think Tom Heaton was su­perb. He is in very good form.

“We kept him so quiet last year that I think he has been sav­ing it up.”

Heaton’s best save was a block from a sting­ing Ibrahi­movic vol­ley, al­though Dy­che was wary of giv­ing the goal­keeper too much praise.

“He just spread him­self. Keep­ers get hit in the face all the time. It’s his job,” he said.

Dy­che ad­mit­ted he had not re­alised that Mour­inho had been sent off, but com­pli­mented United on con­tin­u­ing to at­tack so pos­i­tively after Her­rera’s dis­missal.

“I thought Manch­ester United were first class. They opened us up, they pressed and they probed,” Dy­che said.

“Mas­sive credit should go to them be­cause they never stopped. I’m pleased that we man­aged to deal with that.” – AFP

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