Jose Mourinho has taken a dig at Manchester United and Bruno Fernandes by paying the midfielder a backhanded compliment this week.
The Tottenham boss has been pretty vocal already in his complaints about the number of penalties Manchester United have been awarded this season (The Sports Rush).
When asked to give a verdict on VAR at the end of the season, Mourinho claimed that the technology has been good for some teams and bad for others.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer did not take kindly to the Spurs head coach’s criticism and insisted that his side have also been on the receiving end of some poor decisions from the officials (Football.London).
Fernandes is the man who has been tasked with most of the penalty duties at Man Utd since arriving from Sporting Lisbon in January and he has been clinical from the spot so far.
When Portuguese publication, Record (as relayed by Manchester Evening News), asked Mourinho about the impact Fernandes has had on the Premier League, the Spurs boss pointed out that the midfielder has had a lot of spot-kicks so far.
When asked about the former Sporting man, Mourinho said: “Bruno came in, was fit, played very well, improved the United team and also proved to be a great penalty taker, one of the best in the world, because he had about 20 to score.”
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Reading between the lines of Jose’s comments, he does not seem to think Bruno Fernando offers enough from open play. His earlier comments about not swapping Lo Celso for the United man, also indicated that he was not a big fan of the Portuguese international. There is no doubt that the 25-year-old has made a massive impact at Manchester United but I suspect we will see his performances dropping off once teams start paying extra attention to him in the final third, just as it happened with Dele a couple of years ago.
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