Mourinho says referees allowed Hull City to slow match

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was displeased with officials in the Red Devils’ scoreless home draw against Hull City on Wednesday.

Referee Mike Jones waved away myriad pleas for penalties from Manchester United’s players, who hit the deck in side the 18 on several occasions during the match. One potential second half penalty for a handball went uncalled, and there’s far less debate there.

[ RECAP: Manchester United 0-0 Hull City ]

And Hull was sure to waste plenty of time, to the extent that Jones handed out five-plus minutes of stoppage time at Old Trafford. That wasn’t enough for Mourinho.

From the BBC:

“We needed to score, we needed more time to play. If you played 35-40 minutes in both halves, it is a lot. I think Hull City tried to see where they could go, the way they could behave and tried to see what the referee would allow them to do.

“They had the feedback and were comfortable to do what they did. I am not critical of that. They are fighting against relegation and every point is gold.”

One thing Mourinho missed in those post-match comments: Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic, who denied United several times including a pair of stoppage time stops on Paul Pogba.

Frankly, United was wasteful in drawing its ninth match of the season. Full marks to Hull for the effort, but the Red Devils have enough class to find a goal from their many chances. This one’s on them, not Moss.