Still basking in the euphoria of his side’s 2-1 win over bitter rivals Liverpool in last Saturday’s lunchtime Premier League kick-off, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has applauded referee Craig Pawson’s decision not to send opposing coach Jurgen Klopp to the stands after the Liverpool manager fumed at defender Dejan Lovren.
Klopp had charged down the Old Trafford touch line to berate Lovren late in the game but ref Pawson decided not to take action, a decision Mourinho has praised the referee for.
“Probably you are not expecting my answer – I’m happy with the decision,” Mourinho told UK newspapers.
“Because he [Klopp] was not speaking against the referee. He was upset with a player and the same happened to me against Crystal Palace, where I was upset with my player and therefore they [the officials] understood that too.
“I think [fourth official] Martin Atkinson, after so many years of this, made the right decision. I saw it. He [Klopp] was very upset with his player and not at the referee.
“If you leave the technical area by a couple of metres – or in this case, 20 metres – but to speak to your own player and not to complain about the referee’s decision, they made the right decision.”
The result saw United open up a four-point lead in second on the table, while Liverpool fell to fourth behind Tottenham in the battle for top –four finish as the Premier League enters the homestretch with eight games to go.