Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mourinho's Feelings Are Obvious as Blues Draw

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Mourinho's Feelings Are Obvious as Blues Draw

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MANCHESTER UNITED 1 CHELSEA boss Jose Mourinho's unhappiness with referee Phil Dowd was clear despite his insistence he had no comment to make about the official after the Blues' 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The visitors might have had a penalty in the first half when Chris Smalling tussled with Branislav Ivanovic - at the same time as Marcos Rojo had his hands on John Terry - as a cross was delivered into the United box, but nothing was given.

Then, after Didier Drogba's 53rdminute header had put Chelsea in front, they were denied victory in stoppage time when Ivanovic received his second booking of the game for a foul on Angel di Maria and the resulting free-kick came to Robin van Persie, who fired home.

Mourinho seemed keen to avoid getting into trouble with his comments after the game, but it did not take much reading between the lines to guess his feelings about the decisions made by Dowd.

"I have come from the flash interviews," the Portuguese, whose side are now four points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League, said in his post-match press conference.

"I did five and in all five the first question was my comments on the referee. I told them no comment, because when five ask the same thing I don't need to answer.

"I prefer just to say that in my opinion, from where I was and reading the game, my feeling is we had a good first half and a fantastic second half.

"To come here and play the way we did and not to be happy with the point, because we are not, shows how good we were and how good we are playing at this moment."

Pushed for his feelings on Dowd's performance, Mourinho said: "You know I cannot speak.

"Some managers)can, some don't. I am one of the ones who cannot because you know what happens to me when I speak.

"So I won't. I will speak about the game, which I thought was good.

"I thought Manchester United were good, but Chelsea were very good.

"We played very well, particularly in the second half. …

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