Jose Mourinho has rejected suggestions Paul Pogba should have been sent off during his team’s 4-0 win at Swansea on Saturday.
Eric Bailly put United ahead on the stroke of half-time with his first goal for the club before Romelu Lukaku, Pogba and substitute Anthony Martial hit late goals to give the scoreline a comfortable look.
It was United’s second 4-0 win in two games.
Some pundits suggested Pogba was lucky to avoid a second yellow card after 30 minutes for a clumsy challenge, just minutes after being booked for a foul on Tom Carroll.
Asked if Pogba was lucky not to receive a red card, Mourinho replied: “No, because I didn’t think the first yellow card was deserved.
— Eric Bailly (@ericbailly24) August 19, 2017
“The first yellow card is a little bit out of context because I saw Jonathan [Moss] had a criteria where certain action wouldn’t bring yellow cards.
“There were actions, especially one on [Nemanja] Matic, that is a yellow card and he decided to speak with the players. I thought with Paul he would do the same, so when the yellow card came I was a bit surprised. I didn’t fear the second yellow card.”
Despite United’s stellar start to the season, Mourinho refused to get carried away.
“The word that describes the team now is confident,” Mourinho said. “I don’t want to see it but, if it happens, I want to see the team losing and see the way we emotionally react to it.
“It will be another stage, losing and trying to change the result, because at the moment everything is going in our favour.
“It’s not always motorway — you find difficult roads and roadworks. I prefer to say we started last season with two matches, six points, and we finished sixth.
“Two matches are not the end of the world for people who lose, and it’s not paradise for people who win.”