Mourinho aims cheeky dig at Man United while discussing Nuno Santos’ red card

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Jose Mourinho admitted that his goalkeeping coach, Nuno Santos was “naive” not to follow him down the tunnel after Callum Wilson converted Newcastle’s late penalty, while taking a dig at Manchester United in the process.

Referee Peter Bankes’ decision to overturn his initial call and award the away side a spot-kick has been met with scathing criticism from former players and pundits.

Eric Dier not only had his back turned to Andy Carroll but was also pushed and stood less than a yard away from the Newcastle striker when he headed the ball into his arm.

The outrage from the Spurs bench at Bankes’ decision was understandable, with Nuno Santos being shown the red card for his troubles.

That was by no means the only controversial VAR call last weekend, with Manchester United being handed a penalty following a review against Brighton after the final whistle had already gone at the Amex Stadium.

Mourinho hinted after the draw against the Magpies that he knew the Lilywhites were not going to benefit from a refereeing call, unlike his former employers.

When asked about the red card that Santos received, the Spurs boss told Football.London: “The only thing that I know is that I’m more experienced than him and I left down the tunnel when the referee blew the whistle for the last time.

“I know that in some matches at some clubs, even after the last whistle, it’s possible for something important to happen, but for us I knew that after the last whistle it was over for us and I left for the dressing room. So Nuno a little bit more naive than me and he stay there.”

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What adds to the frustration with the decision was that it was a near-perfect performance from Spurs on Sunday. We were unlucky not to have scored more while our game management was also spot on. We hardly put a foot wrong defensively either and seemed to cope fine with their long balls until the late penalty.

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