Mourinho: Players ‘phenomenal’ but ref made ‘mistake’

Date published: Saturday 31st December 2016 5:47

Jose Mourinho gave credit to his players for their last-minute heroics, but had some words for the referee and his “brother” Aitor Karanka.

Manchester United extending their winning run with a last-gasp 2-1 victory against Boro which put pressure on the Premier League’s top five.

But while Mourinho was delighted with the win, he felt sorry for his close friend and Boro boss Karanka.

“It’s a very good feeling, as I was expecting I don’t feel the same happiness because my brother is on the other side,” Mourinho told BBC Sport.

“Aitor Karanka did his job amazing away but my brother is sad so I’m sad.

“My players were phenomenal. We managed to do something I love – bring the fans to the pitch. The last 15 mins were 70,000 on the pitch against 11.”

On why Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal was disallowed in the first half for a high boot, Mourinho added: “(Referee) Mr Mason is the one that knows that but he knows he made a mistake. I think it’s sad because referees are sad when they make mistakes.”

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