Jose Mourinho admitted that defeating good friend Aitor Karanka‘s Middlesbrough was a little bittersweet, but his talk turned a bit cheeky when asked about referee Lee Mason.
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The official in question canceled Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s high-footed goal in bizarre fashion, a decision that could’ve cost ascendant Manchester United when Grand Leadbitter put Boro up 1-0.
But Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba teamed up to score second half goals with Zlatan Ibrahimovic also putting in a fine shift. Mourinho said he was a bit sad to have spoiled a tough performance from his friend’s visitors, and then that he was sad for Mason.
“(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.”
He’d later say that birthday boy Alex Ferguson, 75, would’ve seen the score line at 3-1. Vintage Mou.