Manchester United cruised to a 3-0 win over champions Leicester on Sunday afternoon, however one incident in particular has sparked much debate: Juan Mata’s late tackle on Jamie Vardy.
Despite the instigator of the incident, Mata, admitting he was late and ‘lucky’ not be sent off, his manager, Jose Mourinho, has taken to deflecting criticism away from the player and instead onto poor decisions given against his side earlier this season.
To be fair to Mourinho, he does not flatly deny any wrongdoing by his player but it is blatantly obvious that the Spaniard’s tackle was reckless and dangerous.
What a tackle from Juan Mata.
This is stunning, I thought that tackle only exist on PES/FIFA ??pic.twitter.com/UvQEWDOd1L
— ?⚪⚫ (@UnitedGaws) February 6, 2017
“I have to look on TV but if I compare that with what (Claudio) Bravo did to (Wayne) Rooney in the Man City game, if I compare it with what (Oumar) Niasse did in the last game there’s no possible point of comparison,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
“Let’s try to go for what it is and what it isn’t because during the season everything really is going against us.
“And if today is a doubtful decision it’s probably one of the few where we were not punished by a bad decision.”
Whatever about good or bad decisions, United now seem to really be clicking on the pitch and will be confident heading into the final stages of the season.
Just five points off Tottenham in second place, the Red Devils’ aim must be to now finish in the top three whilst they keep competing for the FA Cup, Europa League and EFL Cup, with the final against Southampton to take place at the end of this month.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena