Jose Mourinho claimed VAR will make followers fall out of affection with soccer after Tottenham have been the victims of a controversial purpose reversal of their 3-1 defeat in opposition to Sheffield United on Thursday. United took the lead by means of Sander Berge’s first half strike at Bramall Lane. But Tottenham have been denied an equaliser moments later when Harry Kane’s purpose was chalked off by VAR for a doubtful handball in opposition to Lucas Moura. Lucas appeared to have the ball kicked in opposition to his arm within the build-up to Kane’s strike and Tottenham manager Mourinho complained angrily on the touchline.
Lys Mousset and Oli McBurnie rubbed salt into Mourinho’s wounds as they each netted for United after the interval.
Kane’s final minute purpose was no consolation for Tottenham, who are actually in grave hazard of lacking out on subsequent season’s Champions League.
In a Premier League season marred by VAR making debatable calls too typically, Mourinho mentioned he fears for the way forward for soccer if the system shouldn’t be addressed.
“I can only say that normally I’m a professional guy on the bench in these moments, I never complain at the guy with the whistle because it’s not the referee any more,” Mourinho mentioned.
“This is the start of everything. I think the referee should always be the man on the pitch and the people in the office should just support and assist.
“That’s not the way in which it’s. The referee who shouldn’t be superb on the pitch, we can not count on that he is good within the workplace.
“We’re going in a direction that’s really bad for the beautiful game, the game that everybody fell in love with.”
United supervisor Chris Wilder backed Mourinho, saying: “I have got a back catalogue of decisions that have gone against us. We are the unofficial champions of Europe on VAR decisions going against us.
“I can perceive their supervisor’s frustrations. I’d be tremendous pissed off. It’s a nonsense rule, it wasn’t intentional.”
Tottenham sit nine points behind fourth placed Chelsea and seven adrift of fifth placed Manchester United after their first defeat since the restart.
“We should be mentally stronger to deal with what occurred throughout the recreation. We can not mentally die after Michael Oliver’s determination,” Mourinho said.
“With 50 minutes to go now we have to be stronger. That’s my criticism to my workforce within the second half.”
The Blades, winners for the first time in five games following the hiatus, moved two points above Tottenham into seventh place, keeping alive their hopes of qualifying for European action.
Mourinho’s headache started when Berge put United in front in the 31st minute.
After spreading the ball wide to Chris Basham, Berge broke into the Tottenham area, collected the return pass and drilled his low shot into the far corner.
Tottenham thought they had equalised two minutes later as Lucas sprinted forward and, despite being pushed over, managed to knock the ball onto Kane, who cut inside and fired home.
Kane’s celebrations were curtailed when VAR disallowed the goal for a handball by Moura, who had the ball kicked against his arm as he tumbled under pressure from several United players.
Mourinho’s mood wasn’t improved when already-booked United midfielder Oli Norwood escaped a red card for elbowing Son Heung-min.
Ben Osborn was making his first Premier League start and the United midfielder had a key role as they struck again in the 69th minute.
Breaking into the area, Osborn’s deft pass picked out Enda Stevens and he squared for the unmarked Mousset to slot home from close-range for his first goal since December.
McBurnie put the end result past doubt when he tapped in from Berge’s cross within the 84th minute after extra sloppy Tottenham defending.
Kane’s 199th profession membership purpose was far too late to keep away from a painful defeat.
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