Jose Mourinho seething after Manchester United score late equaliser
Chelsea have Branislav Ivanovic sent off in injury-time before Robin van Persie rescues a point for Red Devils
October 26th, 2014
An intriguing encounter at Old Trafford looked to be heading the way of Chelsea on Sunday afternoon before Angel Di Maria was felled just outside the penalty area.
Branislav Ivanovic was given his marching orders for a second yellow card and the Serbian’s absence from the set piece saw Marouane Fellaini’s header saved by the outstanding Thibaut Courtois before Robin van Persie smashed home the rebound.
A draw was probably a fair result although the manner in which Chelsea conceded clearly irked Jose Mourinho who saw his team go in front shortly after the interval when Didier Drogba scored from a corner.
Eden Hazard had produced a moment of magic to draw a save from David de Gea moments beforehand, although Mourinho clearly felt that Chelsea should have been awarded a spot kick in the first half when Ivanovic was wrestled to the ground by Chris Smalling.
Mourinho told Sky Sports: “The red card, I was seeing it coming. If I have to speak about the second yellow I have to speak about lots of things.
“The penalty that Ivanovic should have been given [after wrestling with Smalling], the accumulation of yellow cards, the throw-ins. I know I speak always with my heart and get in trouble.
“My team played a fantastic game, it’s not easy to play here against Manchester United, a Manchester United that tried to play very compact and hit us on the counter attack.
“We were fantastic, especially in the second half. It was a top-class performance, good control, we could score a couple more goals.
“The result is not the one we wanted, we came to win but the performance is fantastic. The result, not so, but acceptable.
“He (Drogba) has scored so much. He scored a beautiful goal, he could have scored in the first half.
“I am so happy with his performance, my team is good and it’s very difficult to speak about [individual] players.”