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EPL 2016/17: Jose Mourinho sent to the stands during Manchester United's game against Burnley

Arvind Sriram
2.52K   //    29 Oct 2016, 20:42 IST
Jose Mourinho, Manchester United
Mourinho looks on from the stands

Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands during Manchester United’s game against Burnley today. In what was a frustrating first half for the Red Devils, they were unable to find their way past an inspired Tom Heaton.

Jose Mourinho's side completely dominated the first half with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard all having chances to get on the scoresheet only to be denied by Heaton's brilliance. The Portuguese manager vented his frustration in the 44th minute when Manchester United had a shout for a penalty. 

Matteo Darmian received the ball at the edge of the Burnley area and cut inside before being brought down. Mark Clattenburg was having none of it though and the game continued. The enraged United players surrounded the referee but Clattenburg remained steadfast in his decision. 

The players continued their protests after the half time whistle but to no avail.

Also read: Burnley vs Manchester United Live Commentary, Premier League 2016-17

Mourinho decided to take matters into his own hands and his over zealous complaints directed towards the referee and his assistant resulted in him being sent to the stands for the second half. He could be in for some further trouble if the FA decide to investigate the matter.

Mourinho was seen using his cell phone to give commands in the second half but none of it seemed to affect the game as United just could not find their way past Tom Heaton. To make matters worse for Mourinho, Ander Herrera received his marching orders with 20 minutes to go. 

Manchester United had another shout for a penalty denied late in the second half as well. 

It will be interesting to see what the Portuguese has to say about the referee in his post match conference. He has recently been rather conservative in hs remarks directed at the referees but tonight’s performance from Clattenburg might just push him over the edge.

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