Mourinho blasts VAR after Spurs held by Man United
Fernandes' penalty cancels out Bergwijn opener as Tottenham's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League are dealt a blow
19 June, 2020 — By Steve Barnett
Jose Mourinho: ‘VAR is there to do a job’
TOTTENHAM 1 (Bergwijn 27)
MANCHESTER UNITED 1 (Fernandes 81 pen)
JOSE Mourinho blasted VAR as Tottenham’s return to Premier League action ended in a 1-1 home draw against Manchester United tonight (Friday).
The Spurs boss was unhappy that United’s “cheap” equalising penalty was allowed to stand – and even unhappier when a second spot kick for the visitors was overturned late on.
The north Londoners looked on course for a vital victory in their quest for a Champions League qualifying place when Steven Bergwijn smashed Spurs in front midway through the first half.
But Fernandes confidently fired home from 12-yards in the 81st minute after substitute Paul Pogba was clumsily brought down by Eric Dier.
“I’m not happy with the penalty and I’m also not happy with the second penalty,” Mourinho grumbled.
“I’m unhappy with the VAR. The referee can make a mistake and give a cheap penalty. But then the VAR is there to do a job.
“The first one was not a penalty, I wouldn’t give that penalty, especially if I was the VAR.”
Spurs survived a last-minute scare as referee Jon Moss pointed to the spot again when Dier appeared to trip Fernandes, but this time VAR correctly reversed a poor decision.
United have been given 23 penalties since the start of last season – nine more than any other Premier League side.
Expanding on his frustration with the decision-making, Mourinho added: “We know that United have an incredible record this season of penalties given, so we knew that everything in the box was very dangerous for us.
“We had to be very, very cautious, every shot to block, we knew, and were prepared to do it with hands behind the body, we knew what could happen.
“The second penalty is incredible for me. It’s a situation in the box where I feel when the VAR goes for a simulation, the player should immediately be exposed and get a yellow card, but that didn’t happen.
“So I feel really upset with these two decisions, but that’s the way it is.”
A howler from David de Gea gifted Spurs the lead, the United keeper failing to stop Bergwijn’s powerful 27th-minute strike even though it was fired straight at him.
De Gea then made a measure of amends with a superb save from Heung-Min Son when the net looked destined to ripple.
The save of the game, however, belonged to his counterpart. Hugo Lloris produced a stunning stop to push away Anthony Martial’s goal-bound strike on 66 minutes.
With less than 10 minutes left on the clock Pogba turned on the pace and trickery to get beyond Dier, who couldn’t resist bringing the Frenchman down in the box.
Fernandes made no mistake from the spot as he sent Lloris the wrong way to level the scores.
With just seconds left on the clock Moss pointed to the penalty spot yet again when Fernandes collided with Dier. It was a poor call, and VAR quickly reversed the decision.
The 1-1 draw leaves Spurs in eighth place, six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea in the chase for Champions League places – and with games running out fast.
TOTTENHAM: Lloris, Aurier, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Winks, Sissoko, Bergwijn (Lo Celso, 70), Lamela (Fernandes, 70), Son, Kane.
Substitutes not used: Gazzaniga, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sessegnon, Ndombele, Skipp, White.
MANCHESTER UNITED: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf (Matic, 78), Maguire, Shaw, Fred (Pogba, 63), McTominay (Bailly, 89), Fernandes, James (Greenwood, 62), Martial (Ighalo, 78), Rashford.
Substitutes not used: Romero, Williams, Mata, Lingard.