Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has reached the Premier League with Manchester United at the officiating of his side’s 1-1 draw.
After a fine solo run, a powerful strike by Steven Bergwijn gave Spurs a first-half lead in London but they came under pressure and conceded a penalty in the second period.
United might have had a second spot-kick in the game’s closing stages but after referee Jon Moss had initially decided to whistle on Bruno Fernandes for a foul by Eric Dier, VAR overruled that call.
Following this obvious let-off, Mourinho thought that both those at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and those behind the controls were letting down his side by the cop, referencing what he believed was a soft reward for Dier ‘s earlier foul against Paul Pogba.
“The game was tough to handle. I’m not happy with the penalty and the second penalty. “I’m disappointed with the VAR, not the first referee, the referee may make a mistake, but there’s VAR to do the job,” he told Sky Sports after the encounter.
The share of the spoils leaves Mourinho’s side facing an uphill task to finish in the Champions League spots, although fifth is likely to be enough to earn a spot in Europe’s leading club competition, given that Manchester City has an appeal pending against a ban to be heard.
Spurs are currently eighth in the table, four points behind United in fifth, with Old Trafford in their final eight matches featuring a far more appealing fixture list.
Both Sheffield United and Wolves are in the running to take the coveted spot, with the former being able to leapfrog the side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this weekend and the latter being able to share points with them.