Manchester United boss Mourinho defends Fellaini over red card, fans react

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho opted against scolding his midfielder Maroune Fellaini after he was sent off in Thursday night’s derby, but instead turned the spotlight on Sergio Aguero.

Fellaini, who is no stranger to controversy, was shown a straight red card for appearing to headbutt the Manchester City striker just seconds after fouling him.

It was the main talking point of a match which ended in a goalless draw at the Etihad Stadium.

While speaking to reporters after the game, Mourinho claimed that Fellaini would not have been given his marching orders if Aguero had not hit the floor.

Sky Sports  quotes the United boss as saying:

“So, I am not so sure. I think if Sergio doesn’t go to the floor, for sure it is not a red card. But if Marouane gave him the chance to do that… I don’t know.

“I didn’t watch but probably I can guess it’s a bit of a red card and that it’s a bit of a very experienced, smart Argentinian player.”

Mourinho seems to suggest that Aguero deliberately confronted his opponent in the hope of provoking a reaction.

Fans had their say on the Portuguese coach’s claims, with some frustrated with the manager’s constant backing of Fellaini, whom many United supporters want to leave the club.