Rui Faria: Mark Clattenburg’s decision to send off Ander Herrera was fantastic

by Tanveer Arayan


Manchester United assistant manager Rui Faria sarcastically claimed Mark Clattenburg’s decision to send off Ander Herrera was fantastic.

The Spaniard received his second yellow of the game even though he had slipped and attempted to pull out of the challenge midway through.

Jose Mourinho did not attend his post-match news conference after he had been sent to the stands just moments into the second-half.

Speaking after the game, Faria delivered his verdict on Clattenburg.

“I just want to say fantastic work from the referee,” he said.

“I don’t know what happened with Mourinho’s dismissal and, to be fair, I don’t think it’s really important. What is important is what the referee will write in his report and, apart from that, I can’t give you more details because it happened with them.”

At this rate, our physio will be the only staff member allowed at the touchline, when a situation like Herrera’s sending off arises, the players need a manager with a cool head to follow.

The Portuguese boss initially went a few rows back, but then went up to the directors’ box, alongside Anthony Marital, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly.

He was then seen passing notes down with a runner to make tactical changes and substitutions throughout the game.

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